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Man up against the odds dealing with a classic femme fatale
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
Man With A Gun is a neo-Film Noir crime thriller featuring Michael Madsen as the hitman John, Jennifer Tilly as Rena Rushton, Gary Busey is her husband Jack Rushton, and Robert Loggia as Philip Marquand. Rena tries to blackmail Jack and his business partner Philip. In return Jack hires John to kill his wife. The twist is Rena is cheating on her husband with John. That leaves him stuck in between his boss and his lover a typical Noir trope of a man up against the odds.
The Noir feel of the film is obvious with John giving a voice over throughout the film where he reflects and contemplates his difficult situation. Tilly also plays a femme fatale, a dangerous women who manipulates men to achieve her goals. She excels at the role. She’s sexy and dangerous and one of the best parts of the film. The story also has betrayal and double crosses.
Overall the story is good but a little predictable.