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Jane Got a Gun
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor
Director: Gavin O'Connor
The first thing that comes to mind when you read the title, is that you will think of the Aerosmith song Janie’s got a gun. While the song speaks about a girl named Janie who takes revenge on her father after years of being sexually abused, in the film we have Jane whose husband is pursued by a gang out to finish him off.
Jane (Natalie Portman) is a simple housewife, with a complicated past. Living in the countryside with her husband and daughter, one day Jane finds her husband Bill Hammond (Noah Emmerich) return home slumped on horseback, riddled with bullets. She realizes it’s his old gang, headed by the notorious John Bishop (Ewan McGregor), who’s coming for him. With no one to turn to, she has to seek help from her ex-fiancé, Dan (Joel Edgerton). The rest of the story is all about how Jane takes on the gang members with Dan by her side.
Intermittingly, you also have Jane's story as a flashback that shows her association with Bill and Dan, not forgetting her alliance with John Bishop. We find that Jane used to be engaged to Dan, but he joined the Union Army and left her to fend for herself. Left stranded without anyone to look after her, the streets of New Mexico were the only place she would be able to sustain herself with a roof over her head. During these days she was also in touch with the Bishop gang where she met her future husband Bill who was one of the gang members. Bill turned over a new leaf and moved with Jane to start a family, but the Bishop Boys had a score to settle after he killed one of its members.
This Western has good performances by a terrific cast, appealing scenery, great cinematography with some lush vistas, sweeping landscapes and an admirable use of silhouette. Its revenge and love story all rolled into one. Quite enjoyable, showcasing woman power.
- By Verus Ferreira