I love Hitmen and Assassins. If they are the main focus of the film, it's almost always awesome. I don't…
Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.
Mark Wahlberg is another of those actors who seems better in support roles. When he leads the cast he tends to struggle with some disappointing results and patchy box-office receipts.
"The Happening","Contraband","Planet Of The Apes", oh dear. He seems to excel as part of a bigger cast with better actors leading the way. "The Departed",The Perfect Storm" and "The Fighter" showed him at his best and "Shooter" seems to fall somewhere between the two contrasts of quality.
Another wildly absurd plot,another frenetic action film a-la-Antoine Fuqua. I've enjoyed some of his more lightweight films and this fits that brief perfectly. Backed by a strong cast that includes Danny Glover, Michael Pena,Elias Koteas and Ned Beatty this is a conspiracy thriller…
I can grow a better beard than Marky Mark.
I actually haven't got that much against Marksyman Mark, but much of the reason might probably be attributed to my favorite sportsmovie, Invincible. In action and comedies he rarely impresses or make movies stand out. Truth be told this one was next in line for springcleaning after I watched Next the other day. Somehow that particularly disappointing rewatch didn't do anything but push this one far down the watchlist.
Funny how things work out. After seeing Kate Mara in Stone of Destiny yesterday, I wanted more of her.... and here we're again. Now, I might not be inclined to make Look Who's Stalking Too yet, but I've definitely found the taste for Kate.
I'm not sure exactly when I watched…
Despite a fairly predictable plot, this still manages to be a decent action movie with some pretty good set-pieces, the first 10 minutes and the assaults on the two different compounds.
Despite those though, it never manages to rise above being nothing more than yet another action-conspiracy film with a main character that's pretty much a Jason Bourne rip-off.
While it may run a little too long, Shooter is still a intense and engaging action film. Mark Wahlberg is great in these kind of roles and here is no exception, hes a very likable protagonist. Its also good to see action sequences with no shaky cam and quick cuts, those scenes are really thrilling and intense to watch. Overall this is a very solid action film with a strong lead performance from Mark Wahlberg.
It was alright, not the best thriller I've ever seen, probably not even the best Wahlberg thriller I've seen! But it was ok. Just.. not bad.
There were moments that I quite liked watching, particularly towards the beginning of the film (but then I am a sucker for those wilderness shots). They also showcased some rather impressive looking guns; something I wouldn't ordinarily like to see glorified, but here they manage to make it look cool to the point I started thinking "I wonder how difficult it is to fire a sniper rifle from that distance and hit a target"... so quite some achievement!
However, the plot was slightly predictable; as far as conspiracy stories go, it wasn't anything extraordinary. It worked fairly comfortably in the context of the film, but it wasn't particularly memorable.
I also caught Shooter last night on TV and, I must say it was borderline enjoyable and "meh". Certainly not something I would watch again but it wasn't downright bad. Wahlbergh was far from great, and his pairing with Michael Peña was never believable and it felt like the writers just wanted to give him a buddy for the sake of. The attempt of a romance with the widow of his late best-friend felt cheap and forced too. Finally, the ending was too much of a scrambled mess. That said, I did like Danny Glover as the bad guy. I had never seen him play this kind of role (aside of The Color Purple) and I thought he was pretty good. Other than that, the film had a couple of good-to-great action sequences, but that's all. Still, not boring.
(review written in 2009)
A surprisingly interesting premise, well directed action scenes and Mark Wahlberg gives a pretty solid performance. However, the main problem with SHOOTER is that the film itself is very average. The script doesn’t offer anything you wouldn’t expect other than standard action movie chemistry. Not to mention, much of film borrows a lot of the same style as THE BOURNE IDENTITY. It certainly isn’t one of the greatest action flicks I’ve seen, but still kind of mediocre.
A typical movie for past midnite I catched this one, yet again on one of my movie channels and although I am not a big fan I never seem to switch channel.
It certainly isn't because of the performance from Mark Wahlberg, who seems to sink every time he has the lead (anyone remember The Happening?), he is better off as a supporting actor. I do enjoy the evil Danny Glover and he loves to gloat. But primarily I like this movie because I have a soft spot for sniper movies and for sniper movie this does very well.
Best line of the movie:
Senator Charles F. Meachum: There's always a confused soul that thinks that one man can make a difference. And you have to kill him to convince him otherwise. That's the hassle with democracy.
The president is shot and Bob Lee Swagger, a former gunnery sergeant, who was hired to prevent the president from being murdered, is accused of the murder.
Shooter serves some really nice scenery, and great visual experiences. The shooting scenes are pretty impressive. They seem real enough, and they're nice and intense. I didn't like the story that much. It's a bit messy.
As usual I have to offer some sentences to the beautiful actresses. This time: Kate Mara.
An ok Thriller by a good director. A very average script.
A dumb and fun action movie about a sniper.
Entertaining. It was nice.
There's one or two solid action sequences, but it's full of plot-holes, boring political conspiracy that we've seen a million times before and too many instances where your suspension of disbelief is just stretched a little too far - which would all be fine if it just didn't take itself so damn seriously.
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