Scene of the Week: The Way of the Gun
The Way of the Gun is a Christopher McQuarrie film that debuted in 2000 starring Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro and while it was McQuarrie’s first effort at directing a feature it by no means suffers from his inexperience. Throughout the film we’re reminded of McQuarrie’s ability to develop characters using every tool at his disposal. It can’t be easy having two characters who care so little about everything be the main focus of your movie.
From the opening scene, which takes place in the parking lot of a club/bar, we’re introduced to the “don’t give a shit” attitude of Ryan and Benicio’s drifter characters. It’s one of the more hilarious scenes in a movie that doesn’t take many moments to laugh at itself. Unlike many films at this time, these two don’t follow any code or have any real morals at all. They do, in fact, follow the way of the gun.
I could have selected from a handful of different scenes in The Way of the Gun. That opening scene isn’t action packed enough to make it as the Scene of The Week but as Phillippe and Del Toro’s plan to kidnap the surrogate mother to a rich couple unfolds, a number of shootouts and chase scenes ensue. The business really picks up at the end of the film when the two have a standoff against some old school gangsters who were hired by the rich and shady man who had a serious ax to grind by this point. The scene looks like a modern day version of something from The Wild Bunch and it’s a real treat to anyone who has ever fired a weapon or obsessed over the inaccuracies in most Hollywood films like me. Enjoy!