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Shooter (2007)

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Rhona Mitra, Rade Sherbedgia, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas, Kate Mara, Danny Glover, Levon Helm

Director(s): Antoine Fuqua

Language: English

Genre: Action / Disaster

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Antoine Fuqua, the director of such action movies as TRAINING DAY and THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, takes on government conspiracies in SHOOTER. Based on the book POINT OF IMPACT by Stephen Hunter, SHOOTER focuses on Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), a former Marine scout sniper who has retired to a log cabin in the middle of the woods after a supposedly standard mission got out of hand in Ethiopia. Three years later, Colonel Isaac Johnson (Danny Glover) shows up with two flunkies, trying to convince ... [Get complete synopsis]


MasterWoodsman wrote on July 1, 2007, 1:08 am
Most people will watch this and think it's a middle of the road action movie, and they'd be mostly right. For unknown reasons I really enjoyed it, however. The story, while FULL of plot holes, was fairly complex and the action was tight.

Try it out and give your review.


Here is a partial list of the plot-holes and stupidity in the film.

- The Russian sharpshooted originally described as being unusually cruel is sad and depressed when used as bait. He even kills himself desipite 24 men being outside the door.
- He is able to grab a loaded gun off the shelf and say a few lines while the protagonist just stares on. Nice instincts, pal!
- The street cop missing at the beginning. Gimme a break. That was a very weak point for the movie.
- The senator actually showing up on the snowcapped mountain where a sharpshooter has a real beef with him.
- Swagger destroying the best audio evidence since the Nixon Years because "it's too dangerous."

That's all I can think of for now. Still, I liked the action!

motleymitch wrote on July 1, 2007, 1:46 pm
Wow, sounds like a lot of plot holes and eye-rolling for a three-star movie! You'd usually crap all over this stuff Derek - you're getting soft!
Wait until you become a parent!
motleymitch wrote on September 30, 2007, 2:19 am
Derek, I agree with everything you said. How you can still give this film 3 stars is beyond me. Yes, some of the action was cool, but at the risk of sounding juvenile, this film was stupid.

***Minor Spoilers***

Plot was riddled with holes and predictable, and Wahlberg's character fell a little too easily into a set-up. He took the job because he was patriotic?? Riiiiiight. The government's screwed him over before, but hey, after living for 3 years in the isolation of the mountains, might as well forgive and forget, right?
And the senator hanging with Danny Glover and their cronies at the end....all conveniently in one location. So easy to be picked off by, oh I don't know....a shooter?
Let's not forget the obligatory scene of Wahlberg slowly walking away, unflinchingly, from a huge explosion behind him. Balls! I mean, I guess it wasn't boring, but it was kinda insulting to the intellingence.

Deril wrote on September 30, 2007, 8:57 am
I kind of agree with both of you guys, BUT my rating is different as well. Derek gave it a little too much, and Mitch gave it a little too little. For what it is, I was able to look past most of the plot holes and just sit back and enjoy it. It did keep me on the edge of my seat from start to finnish.

If it had Shooter Mcgavin, I'd have enjoyed it a little more

MrTTT wrote on November 12, 2007, 12:57 pm
Mood: sleepy
anything with Mark Wahlberg get two or less stars. this was absolute crap.
Papamikey wrote on November 12, 2007, 2:01 pm
Sorta makes you wonder what joy doth exist in Mr. TTT's life.....

And what happened then...?
Well...in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he...

The Grinch carved the roast beast!
MrTTT wrote on November 12, 2007, 3:55 pm
I fart in your general direction.
MrTTT wrote on November 12, 2007, 3:57 pm
I didn't realize Mark Wahlberg gives you so much joy!!! Maybe it was from his Marky Mark steroid days.

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