Friday, February 17, 2017

Movie review: Shooter

The government needs help preventing a presidential assassination so they convince expert sharpshooter Swagger to come out of retirement and seclusion. But when Swagger is framed for the attempt and starts tracking down the real criminals they find he is much more determined than they expected.

Mark Wahlberg (Bob Swagger), Michael Pena (Memphis), Danny Glover (Johnson), Kate Mara (Sarah Fenn), Elias Koteas (Payne), Rade Serbedzija (Sandor), Ned Beatty (Senator).

As I wasn’t expecting much from this movie I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. The film starts well with good and simple character development then jumps right into plot development. It isn’t long before the action starts and from there things just get more and more interesting. Labeled as a Thriller, I would argue this one is more Action than thrill. The plot and action do venture into the unreal a few times but are quickly pulled back keeping the film from turning into something unbelievable. Political backdrop and shadow government implications keep an intellectual element in the film, which would be lacking without them.

Wahlberg did an excellent job in this one, displaying his talents well. Pena, Mara, and Serbedzija also did nicely. Glover was the big disappointment with serious lack of emotion and dialogue that sounded like he had a mouth full of marbles.

Action and effects were very well done throughout the film. Sets, sound, dialogue and camera work were all good while backgrounds were absolutely awesome. Wonderful landscape settings and camera shots.

Overall this was a very well done action flick with a nicely developed plot, good acting, and nice pace well worth viewing.

Plenty of violence, blood, and some foul language. No nudity or sex scenes though Mara is in her undies for a while, so the R rating seems a bit high. I’d say teens and above should be fine with this one.

Released: 2007
Reviewed: 2.3.17
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Mystery, Action Thriller, Political Thriller, Thriller

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