I elected not to see Jane Got a Gun during its limited theatrical release, but when I saw that it was the $.99 movie rental of the week on iTunes, I decided to try it out. Here's my thoughts.
The plot of Jane Got a Gun is pretty damn simple. Jane's husband messed with the wrong dudes and now they're coming to kill him. So Jane has to go get someone to help defend their house, and the only person she can find is her ex-fiance. You can guess where it goes from there. It's not ground breaking by any means, but for a relatively low budget western, the story works pretty well. They answer some questions you may be asking throughout the movie with flashbacks and brief conversations between the characters. It was actually going pretty well until the ending. My goodness, the ending is disappointing. The entire film is building towards the impending fight between the bad guys and Jane and her fiancé, and it falls pretty flat. I don't want to completely spoil the story for you, but the conflict is just... not good enough for how long we had to wait to see it. Nonetheless, I can't complain too much considering this was a $.99 rental and it made my train ride go by pretty quick.
I may have some issues with the plot, but my goodness the character of Jane is where I have a real issue. Her husband is fine, the villain is pretty villainy, and her ex-fiance plays the cool ex-fiance part pretty well, but Jane is not anything like what I was expecting. I honestly thought that this movie was about a strong female lead who defends her house primarily by herself, and her ex-fiance just kinda helps out. Oh no, Jane is not a strong female lead. She's actually fairly weak for the majority of the movie, and while she does have some decent kills during the end conflict, overall I was disappointed with her character. So yeah, if you were expecting a western about a female badass who kicks ass and takes names...this ain't the movie for you, friend.
Anyone who is a fan of the western genre could enjoy this movie quite a bit, especially if they get it for a couple of bucks or less. But if you're not a fan of the stereotypical western, this movie is probably not for you. It's not the worst western you'll ever see, but it's a far cry from the best.
Jane Got a Gun is one of those movies that you won't particularly remember a few weeks after watching it, but it will provide you with some decent entertainment for a pretty cheap price. So if the opportunity presents itself for you to rent/buy it for under three or four bucks, I suggest you take it.