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(Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Val Kilmer, Annalynne McCord, James Renmar, Danny Trejo, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: In the face of rising crime rates and gun violence, the Detroit Police launches a full-scale war against gun runners. With the cooperation of the Feds they target a criminal named Rich (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and his arms operation. When a gun exchange goes bad and Rich’s old friend Angel (Val Kilmer), steps up big time and saves his life, they form a bond that makes his supplier and lover, Gabriella (AnnaLynne McCord) paranoid. But there is a snitch in the group and things are about to go South very quickly for Rich.

DVD Verdict: 'Gun' (or as it should be called, 'Big F**kin' Guns' is a raw look at the streets of Detroit (although it was actually filmed in Grand Rapids!), run by a hoodlum known as Richie (50 Cent). The film kicks off with a very unexpected, rough opening as a hit goes down outside a local nightclub on a rival gun dealer. From there, Angel (Val Kilmer) gets released from prison and due to his affiliation with Richie, gets a job on his crew.

'Gun' is one long lead up to a final five minute scene of selling a mighty load of automatic, and very big and very powerful weapons via a source (John Larroquette) and his beautiful assistant, the always-stunning Gabriella (Annalynne McCord).

On the way to that final destination, we run into the head of a Mexican drug cartel (Danny 'Machete' Trejo) - which may well feature him in a small role, but that snow-filled dark alley at night is one monkey of a scene to behold - and the knowledge (via the radio) that the only viable business still surviving in Detroit is gun sales!

Kilmer, as Angel, a man with (obviously) a secret, has more chins than a Chinese phone directory, has Hercules-styled hair, but his acting can never be faulted. 50 Cent, bearded, gruff, and yet still in great shape; and with a twinkle in his eye is profound as the lead character. That said, an early on sex scene between him and Gabriella is more hilarious than sensual!

A scene where a gangster is hung upside down, legs spread so that Richie can club him between his legs over and over with a baseball bat is hard to watch, but when he rips of the duct tape from his mouth, and lets him speak, the moment he sees Angel, he starts to tell Richie something. But he is soon shut up by a bullet to the head from Angel! Ergo, you know Angel has something to hide and didn't need a low life punk giving the game away.

James Renmar as the lead Detective is forceful and on the ball, his usual acting experience in truth, and the end result of a Keystone Cops-ish shoot out in the final scenes is, well, just that - old school cartoonish! I mean, there were only 5 bad guys brought to the meeting (save for the leads), so how did the shoot out last nearly 10 minutes and about 25 people get shot?!

Doesn't matter for 'Gun' - with its little twist ending - is definitely a great movie to settle in with on a snowy night. [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: