Gun Shy

This is a movie review I’ve been wanting to write for some time, and it’s actually the movie I had in mind when I even thought of adding a review section to my blog.

Here’s the backstory as to how I found it: We had only recently gotten cable and my father and I were sitting on the couch flipping through the now abundant plethora of channels. We flipped to this movie just as it was starting and it caught our attention right away.

We went into it not knowing what to expect, the description given seemed to call it a dark, gritty, suspenseful…romantic comedy and frankly that’s a little hard to imagine.

It starts with a man on an airplane, who is visibly uncomfortable. The man across the isle from him asks him if he’s afraid of flying and the man just replies saying it is his work that is stressful. Well, it turns out the man across the isle is a psychiatrist and he gives the other man his card. We quickly learn that the main character is an undercover CIA agent tasked with getting inside the mafia and taking them down. He meets with the psychiatrist and starts taking group sessions where the rest of the group is just normal people, all talking about stress in their workplace.

It’s a hilarious and sick clash between the drama of an office environment with that of drug dealing. The movie is all about perspective. We end up seeing the story from one of the top people in the US mob’s point of view to the Columbian brothers who are trying to impress their father—both of whom are reporting to their fathers and hate their jobs. We see the story from our main character, the undercover CIA agent, and we see the story from his friends in the group therapy group—both of whom are reporting to higher-ups and hate their jobs.

I found it enlightening to realize that we all deal with stress and that sometimes the people who seem to be so cool with it all are the people who are stressed out the most. But what I found to be most amazing of all is how it does these things, it both takes a funny approach, almost goofy really, and it also has some pretty serious notes.

All in all, I highly recommend this movie to everyone and it’s one of those films that I go back to when I’m down and watch to make myself feel better.

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