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Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun
Starring:
Ewan MacGregor, Noah Emmerich, Joel Edgerton and Natalie Portman


Rated: R for violence and some language.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: January 29, 2016 Released by: The Weinstein Company

An arid New Mexico landscape is the setting of a new western starring Natalie Portman, directed by Gavin O'Connor, who imposes plains violence against feminine empowerment to little avail.

Jane Got a Gun also stars Ewan MacGregor, Noah Emmerich and Joel Egerton where Portman's Jane Hammond is in a remote ranch apparently awaiting a fate, but husband "Ham" (Emmerich) has had a bad run-in with the crew of wicked John Bishop (MacGregor).

Edgerton's Dan Frost has a "past" and a lush with a keen shooter's eye who helps Jane the her daughter is allotted sanctuary as a haphazardly parceled screen play hardly promotes any interest when it comes to logic, ideas or any introspection. Dan saves Jane from some altercations, but certain shots seem to have been added to a product which has no effect on its outcome. A fur trader is garroted by the odious Bishop with a wire in a hum-drum yarn with too much of a dull character for an accomplished actress like Portman.

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