Shooter (2007)

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Shooter (2007)
  • Time: 124 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover

Storyline:

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world’s great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He’s left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he’s recruited by a lisping colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia.

One review

  • Mark Wahlberg plays a retired US army sniper who is called in as a specialist when a threat to the President’s life is made. He is then set-up and he becomes a fugitive, fighting to prove his innocence.

    Shooter is one of those films which gives you lots of reasons not to like it but can’t help but enjoy it. Wahlberg does a decent enough job and the action set-pieces are all very nice.

    A few major downsides include being filled with clichés (ex-soldier falling in love with his best mate’s widow etc), Danny Glover looking uncomfortable doing a bad guy role, and the film feeling like it’s going to end several times, and so the final 30 minutes feel clunky and ultimately the film fizzles out, when it could have finished with bang.

    All in all, if you don’t take this film too seriously it is quite enjoyable. It does make me wonder about the book it is based upon – my guess is that it is probably better than the film.

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