Like Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man and countless other projects from development hell, Lynne Ramsay’s Jane Got a Gun is a film that will only ever exist in audience’s minds. It’s curious then, if nothing else, to note that the final version directed by Gavin O’Connor feels more like Dan’s (Joel Edgerton) story than Jane’s (Natalie Portman).
Both leads are fantastic, with Portman showing flashes of Eastwood-esque steel, but she’s not quite the avenging angel you might expect. She and Edgerton show some chemistry, but the regular flashbacks explaining their relationship are frankly tedious.
O’Connor’s direction grips hardest during tense action sequences, but any time Jane hasn’t got her gun, the film and its atmosphere deflates.
CAST: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich
DIRECTOR: Gavin O’Connor
WRITERS: Brian Duffield and Anthony Tambakis & Joel Edgerton (screenplay), Brian Duffield (story)
SYNOPSIS: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.