Weird chinese names for english movies. Read notes.
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.
I can grow a better beard than Marky Mark.
This review reportedly contains 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…
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.
The main character's last name was Swagger.
The main character's last name was SWAGGER.
From Mark Walhberg checking out Z Magazine online to citing left critiques of the US system, the politics are nice, if a bit conspiratorial. The whole things plays a bit like Parallax view with cool action and violence. If you are going to have action movies anyhow, why not make them about avenging wrongs and setting things right?
“I don’t think you understand. These boys killed my dog.”
At first glance, this movie may seem like a generic thriller. The individual elements of this film are nothing new. Assassination plots, framing an ex-military man who then tries to prove his innocence, conspiracies and cover-ups, rookie cop/agent trying to redeem himself. Although the story is not groundbreaking, the filmmakers do a decent job of keeping you interested, especially with the minor character development that occurs. This is one of those films that I rarely go out of my way to watch, but when I do see it, I’m always thoroughly entertained.
Elias Koteas wearing all black and sucking on a toothpick like a total douche. Not that hard figuring out he's probably one of the bad guys.
Danny Glover has a mad lisp going on.
Doesn't have a great story, he gets framed and runs away. Pretty much it, but I look at this movie as a modern day Rambo, because there is some great action in this movie.
Garbage even by the already low standards of Fuqua and Wahlberg. Would have been repulsive in the Reagan era, in the Bush era it's just embarrassing. Couldn't even finish it.
I love Hitmen and Assassins. If they are the main focus of the film, it's almost always awesome. I don't…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…