Starring in his first action movie, Sean Penn co-writes and co-produces the action, crime film, The Gunman. In 2006, ex-special forces soldier Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is in the Congo providing security for civilian construction workers building an airfield. In reality, he is there with his team: Felix (Javier Bardem), Stanley (Ray Winstone) and Cox (Mark Rylande) to assassinate the Minister of Mining. Terrier is the one who actually pulls the trigger and is smuggled out of Africa without even saying good-bye to his surgeon girlfriend, Annie (Jasmine Trinca). Eight years later, Terrier is back on another nonmilitary mission teaching the locals how to drill for water when he is attack by a hit squad. Terrier manages to escape back to London where he meets up with two of his old team members, Cox and Stanley, to ask for their help is finding out who put the hit on him. Next, he travels to Barcelona to talk to Felix, and discovers Felix has married Annie. Of course, Annie isn't happy with her marriage and the first time they are alone they pick up where they left off. (Okay, I'm blind but I could see this one coming.) Terrier also travels to Gibraltar and other parts of the world to track down whoever is after him. So. Is Sean Penn going to become the next action star and do we really need another one? Actually, Sean Penn did a good job with his first action movie but my wife said he could have kept his shirt on a little more. (When I suggested that maybe I could take my shirt off for her instead she said Penn looked pretty good after all. Meh.) I enjoyed Sean Penn and even the film, but neither one was really anything special. The story was a little thin and it just took itself too seriously. A couple funny one-liners wouldn't have hurt; after all, so many shirtless scenes were a little ridiculous. (Maybe those were the funny parts.) I'm giving this entertaining film a B- rating.