JANE GOT A GUN (2016 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.5|5.0 Stars ìì

Jane Got A Gun—a flop from the get-go—lacks coherency in its storyline. The flash backs—hard to follow; the actors—unrealistic; the script—poorly written.

Storyline

Bill ‘Ham’ Hammond (Noah Emmerich) returns home to Jane (Natalie Portman) and 5-year-old daughter, Kate (Maisie McMaster) with bullets in his back. He informs his wife that the Bishop Gang is on its way. Jane flees to a neighbor, Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton), and asks for help. Dan refuses to help. She goes to town to get ammunition to fight the gang on her own. After a change of heart, Dan Frost follows Jane into town and tells her he will help her. They return to the homestead and fix a trap for the outlaw gang. The movie tells its back story in a series of flashbacks that reveal Dan Frost was Jane’s husband before the American Civil War. When he did not return from the war, Jane, pregnant with Dan’s daughter Mary, decided to go west. The wagon train Jane boarded was controlled by outlaw John Bishop (Ewan McGregor) who planned to place the women on the wagon train into a brothel. But, one of the Bishop gang, Bill ‘Ham’ Hammond, wanted to marry Jane and adopt Jane’s daughter, Mary (Piper Sheets), as his own.  John Bishop disagreed and sent Jane to the brothel. Bill ‘Ham’ Hammond rescued Jane from the brothel. They believed the child, Mary, died. The two fled to start a new life and produced a daughter named, Kate (Mia Wagenman). When the Bishop gang arrives at the Hammond homestead, a fight ensues. Bill ‘Ham’ Hammond dies. Dan Frost and Jane successfully battle the outlaws, find that their daughter, Mary (Victoria DeMersseman), is still alive. They rescue their daughter and along with daughter Kate head west to start a new life.

Additional Thanks

Poor Work for Director Gavin O’Connor. Thank you to Executive Producers David Boies, Chris Coen, Ryan Kavanaugh, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Jason Rose, Dylan Russell, Tucker Tooley, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Vic Owen (Boyd Holbrook), Fitchum (Rodrigo Santoro), Cunny Charlie (James Burnett), and Slow Jeremiah (Sam Quinn).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. If you are looking for a modern-made western, check out Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones’ The Missing.

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