Movies that I like, despite their scores on Rotten Tomatoes being deemed "Rotten"
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…
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.
A great action packed thrill ride in the tradition of The Fugitive, Bourne movies and Minority Report. Mark Wahlberg's bad ass role yet
I watched this on Region A Blu-Ray.
This was the first film I saw Marky Mark in I think, all the way back in 2007 he was no where near the star he is today. I don't really think I took much notice of him either until The Departed. Looking back Shooter is actually a good little film.
The performances are good, I've always liked Michael Pena and here he doesn't disappoint. Marky Mark really has a great screen presence here and he carries the film very well. I'm not sure about Danny Glover in this film if I'm honest, it feels like he's in it for a paycheck and has no presence at all. I like Kate Mara but…
Box office $95.7 million
If you are looking for a decent action movie, don't look any further, you've got it. I would not say it is at the level of a Jack Reacher for example, though both movies depict some kind of sniper story, but Shooter has quite a deep and moving background, and it is not a simple action movie like a Jason Statham movie for example. I am not a huge fan of Marc Wahlberg, but he plays very well in this movie. It is packed with good action, a few good guys vs a lot of bad guys, a good dose of conspiracy theory, and you have the pitch. What I also liked is that the story in itself is pretty much credible, you have this "yeah, it could happen" feeling at the end. Worth seeing!
Nope. Didn't like it. Director Antoine Fuqua has done much better than this, and so has Mark Wahlberg. Chases, explosions, shootings galore, with bad writing and acting thrown in. Cliché cliché cliché. And at 2 hours long? No. Too much of a bad thing.
An excellent action film up until one of the most contrived, dumb-down endings ever. It reeks of something that was filmed to satisfy a brain-dead test audience.
Klasse Actionspektakel das nicht allzu viel Wert auf auf Realismus legt !
Yes this is total 80s homage cheese but I love it irrationally.
Terrific action and suspense. I am a big fan of Mark Wahlberg.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…