Blu-ray Review: GUN SHY

GUN SHY was directed by Simon West from a screenplay by Mark Haskell Smith and Toby Davies (based on the novel “Salty” by Smith) and stars Antonio Banderas, Olga KurylenkoMark Valley, Ben Cura, Aisling Loftus, Jesse Johnson and David Mitchell.

Antonio Banderas stars as a spoiled and aging rock star whose wife is kidnapped while they are on vacation in Chile. With very few skills beyond playing bass and partying, he must pull himself together to save his wife from her hostile captors. When vacationing in Chile, an aging and pampered rock star’s (Antonio Banderas) supermodel wife is suddenly kidnapped by renegades. Unable to navigate more than ordering a sandwich from room service, now he must take to the backstreets of Santiago in this hilarious caper that is as entertaining and it is hair-raising.

The movie follows washed-up rock star Turk Henry, the former bassist for Metal Assassin, who reluctantly takes his ex-super model wife Sheila (Olga Kurylenko) on a vacation to Chile and as soon as they arrive she’s kidnapped by some shipless pirates who demand a million dollar ransom so they can finally buy themselves a boat. This amount of money is nothing to Turk so he immediately recruits his manager’s trusty assistant and a hired gun to help him deliver the ransom so he can get his beautiful bride back. There’s also Ben Harding (Mark Valley), a shady federal agent who comes into play and he has different plans for the money and tries to stop the spoiled rock star from delivering it to the pirates. What should be a simple drop off ends up becoming a hilarious chase between these bumbling characters but in the end Turk is able to complete his rescue mission and save his lovely bride. He also rediscovers his love for song writing that ends up reigniting his career. Good thing too because his manager stole all of his money!

Okay, I’m fully aware that this movie got panned by a lot of critics out there so that should be enough reason for you to give it a try if you’ve been looking for a stupid funny action-comedy because that’s what Gun Shy is, it’s stupid funny. We’ve gotten stories similar to this before so that felt kind of like a rehash of sorts but what director Simon West and this cast were able to do was create the kind of movie that’ll make you laugh and leave you in a good mood. This is a role that was made for Antonio Banderas because the actor can be extremely funny with his delivery and he looks the part with that rocking wig he’s sporting. He’s the star and the comedy relief all rolled into one. There’s also Olga Kurylenko who plays Banderas’ spoiled beautiful bride and Mark Valley who plays the sleazy antagonist of the story and the two of them deliver the goods.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Gun Shy was a really fun action-comedy that fits Antonio Banderas just right. Honestly, I couldn’t see any other actor playing a silly character like this and Banderas hits it out of the park with his hilarious portayal of this washed-up rock star who isn’t very bright and puts his beer drinking before everything else. Simon West has been making action movies for decades now but Gun Shy is easily the funniest thing that he’s ever cranked out. It’s the funniest of his movies but not close to the best. The formula for the story was simple but West was able to make something fun out of it and capture both the action and comedy to deliver a character driven watch that never takes itself too seriously – EVER! The movie also has one of the funniest food fights you’ll ever see along with some sterotypical “rock star” music video montages throughout the watch. Sure, the movie has its issues with the biggest flaw being in the rehashed kidnapping plot but it’s still entertaining. Gun Shy will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on November 7th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, music video montage and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “The Rock Star, the Pirate, and the Cast of Gun Shy” Featurette (08:49)
  • “Just Who I Can Be” Music Montage (02:49)
  • Digital HD Copy


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