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Michael Pena, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Ned Beatty
||Only if your dream
is for them to become a sniper.
||She'll like Mark
with his shirt off.
||Would have added
another star to the movie.
||Lots of it.
||Some fun chasing.
||There's a couple
||Mostly because it
was so dorky, but Sarah dressed like a nurse.
||"I don't think you
understand. They killed my dog."
Bonaventura, Ric Kidney
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."
A Movie Review
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
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
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!