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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.
i love these dopey action programmers, they just don't make them anymore. very mid-90s. hot garbage like this is especially amusing when it's wrapped up in self-contradictory libertarian nonsense. probably the cleanest action of Fuqua's career though, especially an assault on a farmhouse that follows Wahlberg while he zeroes down his perimeter one henchman at a time before it escalates into a full-blown firefight. tight geography and sticky headshots.
a personal note: i read Charles Henderson's "Marine Sniper", about Carlos Hathcock, when i was 11. at the time that was my preferred career path after astronaut. the idea of deadheading a guy with a .308 round at 800 yards was unbelievably tantalizing to me. i was kind of a fucked up kid.
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…
As far as American snipers go, none of them can really live up to Bobby Lee Swagger.
It's implausible and overlong but "Shooter" is also fun, entertaining, and consistently entertaining with great action sequences, solid direction from Antoine Fuqua, and a strong lead performance from Mark Wahlberg.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've always found films about the wrongfully accused to be the most exciting sub-genre of the action thriller. Whether it's a quieter old film like Dark Passage, a Hitchcock classic like The 39 Steps or North By Northwest, a more modern remake like The Fugitive or The Bourne Identity... heck, I even have a good time with a critical and commercial failures like The Art of War. Perhaps it's because I'm a live-and-let-live kinda guy... I've always found it much easier to get behind a character who is running for his life than one who is out for revenge.
Not that Bob Lee Swagger (an action film hero's name if ever there was one) doesn't have reason for revenge... when…
Funny to watch this straight after STREET KINGS because they're essentially the same film - absurd libertarian power fantasies where The One Good Man battles a corrupt system, blows away the big shot badguys, then burns it all down and drives into the sunset. Marky Mark here is Bob Lee Swagger (extremely badass name; basically a Chris Kyle analogue) whose stone-faced turn probably made a lot of Bud Light-drinkin' blue jeans-wearin' red-blooded Americans fist pump at his every action. Even if I scoff at the politics, it's hard to hate the action here, director Antoine Fuqua lending each action scene a physical weight with his focus on practical effects, my favorite moment being when Wahlberg blows a laughing Elias Koteas' arm off. It's some sadistic shit but I like my violence stark & gritty. Hell, this film may have the DNA of some shit like DEATH WISH but at least it's punching up.
After a long-long day travelling and doing press at an event, this was exactly what the doctor ordered. Something simple with an inclination towards depth, failing that Wahlberg shooting stuff from miles away works just as well. Great cast it has too despite being the same political thriller fluff and chase movie that brought the world the likes of Enemy of the State. Don't know if this is to the films credit or not but it really helped me get a good nights kip in a crappy bed in a noisey inner city hotel. The Brittania in Birmingham just in case anyone is curious.
Kind of an underrated action thriller. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it features fun action set-pieces, solid performances by all the cast, and good sound design. The story itself is very been there, done that, with predictable plot twists and cardboard characters, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Worth a watch!
Visual Effects: 8
Violence & Gore: 8.5
Sex & Nudity: 4
Drugs & Profanity: 7
Intensity & Horror: 6.5
A fine addition to the Mark Wahlberg "American Icon" cycle, which to date has included rap hipster, football star, rock star, future cop, etc. I went back to catch this film after seeing Antoine Fuqua's THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.
Every consipiracy/revenge/thriller trope in the book is thrown in here, and I will state without apology that, because it is Wahlberg (the thinking person's Steven Seagal) it makes for great entertainment. I read an interesting interview with Fuqua recently, where he stated clearly that he made one solid, profitable, by-the-book film after another in Hollywood, until he got to the point where, as an African-American director, he had some creative control. A sad state of affairs, but a brilliant plan.
Dumb, but entertaining in spots. The mumbling got to me. I couldn't understand a lot of what Whalberg was saying.
Kate Mara was way too smart for the film. She looked trapped.
Antoine Fuqua’s “Shooter” is an entertaining conspiracy-thriller driven popcorn flick, with some great action scenes and solid acting, although it loses itself in an implausible and muddled story with many plot holes.
Mark Wahlberg plays Bob Lee Swagger, who was once the best sniper in the military. However, after a mission goes wrong and he’s left for dead with his best friend and spotter he disappears without a trace. After being tracked down by the government, he reluctantly accepts to help prevent the assassination of the President of the United States. However, in the process of doing so, he finds out that he’s been double-crossed and is now on a nation wide manhunt, with his sole mission being uncovering the…
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A solid action film with a very 90's flavor to it even though it came out seven years later. Antoine Fuqua delivers the R-rated goods with actual squibs being used and none of that CG blood we see so much now, this brings impact to the violence. Mark Wahlberg is solid but is just kind of doing the thing he does, this is a vehicle for him and not a film meant to showcase his dramatic chops and as a bad ass he does quite well. A recommend for action fans.
It's basically a re-watch.
I love this film because I mainly love sniping. A well done, challenging, exciting, and courageous. It could be better anyway,
A conspiracy theory too long and too predictable to recommend.
Wait, how did the bad guys envision what would happen after the finale? "Heh, well shoot, that human weapon we fucked over repeatedly sure did exonerate himself in open court after killing two dozen hired goons - let's just go to a completely isolated area without any extra security and smoke some See-Gars!".
Honestly a pretty good watch. Fuqua knows his cinematography, the action is pretty great and varied, and the lead up to the actual inciting incident is pretty fantastic even though it's immediately clear Wahlberg is walking into a setup.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…