“Way of the Gun” (2000) written & directed by Christopher McQuarrie, starring Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs & James Caan / Z-View

Way of the Gun (2000) 

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Screenplay: Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt, Geoffrey Lewis, Dylan Kussman, Scott Wilson, Kristin Lehman, Armando Guerrero, Sarah Silverman and James Caan

Tagline: None.

The Plot…

Parker (Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Del Toro) are two  low-life criminals just barely getting by.  When they learn about a rich couple paying a surrogate mother one million bucks for carrying their child, they see a big payday.  They’ll kidnap the mother and hold her for hostage.  What Parker and Longbaugh don’t know is that the baby’s father is a powerful criminal.

The best laid plans…

Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…

Way of the Gun is well written, well directed, well cast and well acted.  With that said, it is also vulgar and violent.  The two main characters are not good people.  Yet, Way of the Gun is a movie that I truly love.  If you can get past the opening scenes, the story and acting will draw you in.  Way of the Gun isn’t your typical Hollywood movie.

Way of the Gun has an unusual car chase that goes from high speed to a walking pace.  The idea was Del Toro’s who said he saw the same thing on an episode of Cops.

The gun handling and gun fight scenes were supervised by a Navy SEAL and are accurate to every bullet fired and where it went… except for one part of the final shootout.  In that instance the director wanted to wink at how most movie gunfights never reload.

Parker and Longbaugh were the real names of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  The final shootout in Way of the Gun was filmed in the same location as the final gun battle in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

James Caan is awesome in this film.  It is one of my favorite Caan performances.  It’s interesting to note that Caan plays Juliette Lewis’ father in this film.  Her real father, Geoffrey Lewis also appears in the movie.

Way of the Gun (2000)  rates 5 of 5 stars.