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 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.
I can grow a better beard than Marky Mark.
While its very implausible and a little too long, Shooter is still an extremely fun and consistently entertaining film due to Mark Wahlberg's great and sympathetic lead performance, great action sequences, a nice directing job and an engaging and thrilling story.
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…
I don't mind a nonsensical story in a simple movie like this, as long as it's there to push it forward to the action. Preferably as fast as possible. You have to go full throttle to make this thing work. Apparently Fuqua doesn't agree, he seems very keen on his storytelling and it makes this movie, much like his later The Equalizer, feel like a drag at times. Basically, it becomes little more than waiting for shots to be fired with baddies who become more and more silly as the movie progresses. Just like the plot does. Not the hottest action in cinema, but decent enough for some small thrills. What it lacks however, is a fair amount of adrenaline.
Shooter is one of those films that can easily be watched plenty of times without you getting tired of it. Considering Mark and Pena are two quality actors I figured I was not going to be let down. I enjoyed the many twists and turns this film brought and overall excellent this picture.
A little political intrigue, a few plot twists, a main character with a unique ability. That'll do. Good flick.
Never as interesting or exciting as it is immediately following the inciting assassination, Shooter is a convoluted mess that left little impression on me, the thing I mainly remember being a bunch of characters standing around talking about the justification of violence and so forth and not caring one bit if any of them died.
7.5/10. Good thriller
Don't think I've seen since it first came out. Better than average actioner despite a general clunkiness and tropes we've seen a million times. Retired "best badass in the world" called back for one last job? Check. Lone government agent asking questions "way above his paygrade"? Check. Shoehorned in love interest? Check. Final explosion as the hero walks away without flinching? Check. Mark Wahlberg? Check. But at times, Shooter longs to be more. And hearkens back to truly great 70's paranoia conspiracy thrillers like Parallax View and especially, Three Days Of The Condor. There is in fact, one wonderfully written monologue delivered by the always good character actor Rade Serbedzija that is one of the best I've ever seen in…
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When it comes to political satires posing as genre film, this ranks up there alongside RoboCop and They Live. Maybe not quite on the same level, but give it a few years and I wouldn't be surprised to see this gain a solid following among like-minded cinephiles. It's a solid action thriller regardless of it's political leanings.
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- Pulp Fiction
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- In Bruges
- Blue Thunder
- Die Hard
- Stone Cold
A film is always improved by a helicopter explosion. Here are all the films I know of with at least…
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