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The Movie Show movie reviews: The Gunman, Insurgent, and Home

Irish Independent film guru Paul Whitington joins Entertainment Editor Aoife Kelly to review this week's big releases - The Gunman, Insurgent, and Home.

It's a distinctly average mix of titles releasing this week.  First up is action thriller The Gunman, helmed by Taken director Pierre Morell, and starring Sean Penn.

He plays a sniper on a mercenary assassination team who kills the master of mines of the Congo.  His successful shot forces him into hiding but he returns years later to work with an NGO but finds himself the target of a hit squad himself.

The film starts out as though it may have something to say about the political situation but soon descends into average thriller fare and is unlikely to launch a Liam Neeson style renaissance for Penn as an action star.

Insurgent, meanwhile, the second instalment in the planned four-film Divergent franchise, is marginally better.  Based on a rather improbably premise - the world's population is divided into factions based on individuals' personalities - it transcends the silliness thanks in the main to lead actress Shailene Woodley.

The depiction of a post-apocalyptic world is visually impressive and there are some impressive action sequences although the central romance lacks spark and the first half of the film makes slow, lumbering progress before it hits its stride in the final hour.

Home is the latest offering from DreamWorks, and it's suitably cuddly, amiable family fare with laughs for the very young as well as in-jokes for the adults.  Sitting somewhere below How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek but above Shark Tale it's an average offering from the studio.

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