The Gunman is a 2015 French-American action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel and written by Don Macpherson,Pete Travis and Sean Penn, based on the novel The Prone Gunman (Original French title La position du tireur couché), byJean-Patrick Manchette. It stars Penn, with Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, and Javier Bardem appearing in supporting roles. The film is about Jim Terrier (Penn), a mercenary who assassinates the Minister of Mining of theDemocratic Republic of Congo in 2006 on orders from multinational mining companies. Eight years after Terrier has retired from mercenary work, he and the people close to him become the targets of hit squads sent by a powerful multinational security firm, and he must fight to stay alive. The film was released on March 20, 2015 by Open Road Films. The film earned less than half its $40 million budget at the box office.
A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.