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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.
As far as American snipers go, none of them can really live up to Bobby Lee Swagger.
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.
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.
I'd forgotten how incredibly dark and cynical this film is. Also, how flat a Mark Wahlberg performance could be.
I'm growing to enjoy Antoine Fuqua's movies more and more even if the plots don't necessarily match the action on screen, but he certainly does try to put a story and dialogue together rather than simply bang bang, crash, shots fired. I would certainly give it another watch, it was a fairly easy watch, though I feel slightly unsatisfied by the crescendo.
Always a good standard action movie to watch
A film crying out to have been made in the 90s, but enjoyable enough
Nice entertainment. Not really great but good for a fun evening.
In the midst of the 90's we were given gritty and fun action films that did nothing but leave us with a good time at the movies and watching things blow up. Movies like "Face-Off", "Speed", or even "The Rock". I think "Shooter" is almost like one of those films.
I enjoyed "Shooter". Mark Wahlberg consistently brings a great on-screen presence in every film he is in. Wahlberg is great as the ex marines corp assassin. I thought he fit in to the movie quite nicely and gave a believable performance. He supported well by the up and coming Michael Pena who is also a nice addition to the film.
One note I was surprised at was how beautiful the…
Mark Wahlberg does action films pretty well and this is no exception.
A ex-military sniper is framed for the assassination of a bishop, who was standing next to the President, by the Government (or more precisely Danny Glover's Col. Johnson). The scope of the film slowly reveals a bigger conspiracy and the hunt for Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) intensifies.
With his series of action films (Lone Survivor, Three Kings, The Departed, Max Payne, Contraband, 2 Guns) Wahlberg has become a bit of a guilty pleasure in action film terms. Easy to watch, never going to be critically acclaimed films but decent enough.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Shooter raises it's head slightly above the scrub just enough to get it's shot away and hit the target.
This movie is a thrill to watch. It constantly has you gripping your popcorn bucket so tight it almost slips up out of your hands. Marky Mark gives a good performance and the story is tense and suspenseful.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…