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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Ned Beatty
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: Only if your dream is for them to become a sniper.
Date Movie: She'll like Mark with his shirt off.
Gratuitous Sex: Would have added another star to the movie.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of it.
Action: Some fun chasing.
Laughs: There's a couple of laughs.
Memorable Scene: Mostly because it was so dorky, but Sarah dressed like a nurse.
Memorable Quote: "I don't think you understand.  They killed my dog."
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
Produced By: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Ric Kidney

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Gosh, where to start on this review of "Shooter." I suppose I could start with how the movie just seemed to go on forever. I suppose I could also start about the nice t-shirt Sarah (Kate Mara) was wearing when Bob (Mark Wahlberg) showed up. And I suppose I could also start about how "Shooter" shouldnít really be compared to the "Bourne" series of movies. But with all of those things I could start this review with, I suppose Iíll just start with a little synopsis of what happens in "Shooter."

Mark Wahlberg is Bob Lee Swagger. Heís a sniper in the marines, but resorts to isolating himself in the woods, with his dog, after his stint in the military, mostly because he was abandoned while on a mission (that doesnít seem very marine like, does it?). Then he is visited by Col. Johnson (Danny Glover) and some of his cohorts to convince Bob that his nation needs him in order to save the life of the President. It seems they picked up some intel that there is going to be an assassination attempt on the President, outside the normal range of Secret Service coverage, by a sniper, and since Bob used to be the best sniper, they ask him to detail how he would kill the President as a sniper. The only problem is that the good Colonel isnít a good Colonel after all. Nope, he is working with a group of government folks who are pretty much anti-democracy and pro "I want money," and they intend to use Bob as the fall guy in their plan.

So, yup, there is an assassination only it ainít the President (donít worry, thatís really not a spoiler), and Bob gets shot twice, so not only is he on the run, heís also got bullet wounds to deal with. Getting some much needed medical attention from Sarah, Bob is now on the mend and intends to clear his good name and bring down the men trying to undermine truth, justice, and the American way. And how is Bob to do this? Well, he enlists the help of Nick (Michael Pena), a bumbling FBI field dude who somehow gets transformed into a killing machine.

Blah, blah, blah, thereís a conspiracy involving a Senator, everything is about money and oil, and in the end, even after finding out the Colonel is bad, our government canít do anything about it except hint to Bob that maybe things need to be handled like they were in the Old West Ė nudge, nudge; wink, wink.

First off, "Shooter" is about fifteen minutes too long, and other than having Sarah play nurse, and my learning that I can supposedly give myself an I.V. if necessary with, I think it was a bottle of water, some salt, rubber tubing, and a basting injector needle thingy, it really wasnít necessary that Bob gets shot. He could have just been on the run, regroup, and then come back and kick some ass, or rather shoot the shit out of people, and find those who set him up.

Second off, "Shooter" takes the conspiracy theory level to, well, a higher level. Somehow one Senator from Montana is able to be a ringleader of a not-so government sponsored killing force, led by the Colonel, a killing force that pretty much sucks as was evident during a showdown in the back-woods of Virginia.

And third off, off should have been Sarahís shirt and bra at some point in time.

I wanted to like "Shooter" more than I did because when it was clicking it was filled with some quality kills (as any good sniper movie should), some fun chases, Bob being a hell of a lot more handy than MacGyver, and a pretty girl. But when it wasnít clicking it was dragging its heels trying to set up a hugely complicated plot involving remote controlled guns, goons with the most bizarre thing Iíve ever seen to simulate a suicide, oil in Africa, and a pretty girl who keeps her shirt on.

Expect a little boredom during "Shooter," but the fun parts are great. With that itís 3 stars out of 5. A good matinee or just a night out at the movies, but you can probably wait for the DVD and snuggle on your couch so that you donít have to experience a couple in front of you who decide to take off their shoes and use the headrests of the row in front of them as footrests (this happened where I saw the movie).

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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