American Gun (2005)
USA / English
"One nation under fire.
"Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
American gun, not loaded.
The film American Gun seemed like it never started far after the end
credits began running. It seemed like, what the director was trying to
say, was never actually portrayed on screen. With the exception of a
few sporadic and impressive performances, there is nothing American Gun
really offers. After reading all the comparisons to Paul Haggis' Crash
on the back of the DVD cover, I was very disappointed in the outcome of
this film. Many may argue that this film shows the struggle that people
go through, dealing with violence in America, but the film never
actually gives us a solution. Obviously director Aric Avelino's debut
tries to omit any solutions to the rapid gun craze in the United
States. He even traps the audience inside of a gun store before the
credits roll. Overall this was an amateur effort by an amateur
filmmaker whom will hopefully turn out some better film in the future.
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