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.
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…
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.
As far as American snipers go, none of them can really live up to Bobby Lee Swagger.
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.
While everyone is out seeing Finding Dory I decided to check out Marky Mark. Shooter is one of those summer action flicks that everyone agrees on as its good, not bad, not amazing. It has a notable actor, Marky Mark, and has some good action scenes. Michael Peña is pretty good and Kate Mara is so hot. The story in this is actually really interesting and the villains are pretty one sided but hey it was pretty good.
Did he just kind of hit on his dead friend's girl?
This isn't the best film of the type. It introduces a lot of interesting concepts without ever really going beyond the scope of the typical action thriller. Bonus points for an oddly committed performance by Wahlberg.
Slightly predictable plot, enjoyable all around, would watch again.
Lured into scapegoating for a political assassination, a U.S. Army ex-sniper who survived his expendability proves the money spent training him was not wasted. Energetic adaptation of Stephen Hunter's novel "Point of Impact" is best enjoyed by ignoring its half-hearted efforts to be taken seriously: increasingly nonsensical plot still offers director Fuqua the chance to stage a few thrilling action sequences.
I've also been meaning to watch this for the longest time, almost ten years woah.
I enjoyed Shooter for its action and payoff.
I do think it drags a bit, due to the writing and some pacing with edits.
Overall though, it's good fun and has a few solid performances!
marky mark in a ponytail and a beer fetching dog as drinking buddies. michael peña as always. kate mara alike. a donald glover who has taken his silk gloves off. that crazy-looking, palm-touching, weapon man with the overhead papers. a countryside cottage as a final resting place for a band of mercs. these are a few of the memorable things this, pretty standard, action smoker comes equipped with.
conspiracy theories, corrupt senators, a reluctant patriot, stupid FBI-agents, exploiting the third world. it's all here. yeah, it sounds uninteresting, and it is, the plot & story doesn't move me one bit. i couldn't give a fuqua why someone did anything. but the action is oh so glorious. and the acting is OK. perfect, mindless, action. sometimes that's enough.
Asphyxiatingly average. Like, so average it warrants the most middling score. Just because its the average score.
Always a favourite fall-back to movie if I'm in the mood for mindless action.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…