Shooter

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The series follows the courageous journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated ex-marine sniper who is coaxed back into action after he learns about a plot to kill the President.
Starring
Ryan PhillippeEmily RiosOmar Epps
Genres
DramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Point of Impact
    November 14, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Highly-decorated war hero Bob Lee Swagger is recruited by his former Commander to prevent an assassination of the President.
  2. 2. Exfil
    November 21, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee struggles to protect his family from behind bars while Isaac attempts to silence him.
  3. 3. Musa Qala
    November 28, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee reaches out to Nadine as he evades his pursuers, putting her on to the cop who took credit for his capture. Isaac juggles his double life as he tries to find Bob Lee.
  4. 4. Overwatch
    December 5, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In a flashback to their time serving in Afghanistan, Bob Lee and Isaac clash with opposing ideologies.
  5. 5. Recon by Fire
    December 12, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee finds the bullet from the assassination, leading him to a radical militia group and a reckoning with Isaac while Nadine is locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Payne.
  6. 6. Killing Zone
    December 19, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee tracks down his former instructor Rathford O’Brien to help him find the shooter. Nadine interrogates Payne and a reporter approaches Julie with a deal.
  7. 7. Danger Close
    December 26, 2016
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee crosses the country to find the shooter while Julie deals with a family betrayal.
  8. 8. Red On Red
    January 2, 2017
    41min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee and Nadine weave a plan to secure the evidence that could expose the conspiracy.
  9. 9. Ballistic Advantage
    January 9, 2017
    39min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee must broker a dangerous exchange in order to save his family. Nadine struggles to balance her allegiances to Bob Lee and the FBI.
  10. 10. Primer Contact
    January 16, 2017
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bob Lee, Julie, Nadine, and Isaac must work together to breach the Russian Embassy, save Mary, shut down the conspiracy and its remaining players, and prove Bob Lee innocent once and for all.

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Directors
David StraitonSimon Cellan JonesChristoph SchreweJaime ReynosoChloe DomontYuval AdlerAdam DavidsonRoxann DawsonKevin BrayLukas Ettlin
Supporting actors
Eddie McClintockTembi LockeDavid Marciano
Season year
2017
Network
USA
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SharePoint GuruReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Keeps Getting Better
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If the purpose of a review is to help another person decide if a particular show is worth their time then lets start down that road.
First after watching a few episodes I decided to watch the 2007 film with Mark Wahlberg since other reviewers kept bringing it up. After seeing 6 episodes, I think this series is better. First, Wahlberg did not have a family and the interaction with his buddy's ex-wife in the movie was more than a little strange. The actress who plays Phillippe's wife in the series, Shantel VanSanten, is extremely convincing as the dedicated, girl-next-door type. If I were wrongly accused of killing someone, I would definitely want her on my side. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, the violence is not overly graphic and the language is not offensive. So if you like action-adventure with a fair amount of redemption and the righting of wrongs, you should enjoy Shooter. Each episode has been better than the one before and I am looking forward to the next.
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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
"A bullet is forever" - I'm not sure what that means; I just needed a review title
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When thriller writer Stephen Hunter first dug up the notion of master sniper Bob Lee Swagger, I betcha he didn't have Mark Wahlberg or Ryan Phillippe in mind to play "the Nailer." I saw the Wahlberg adaptation some years ago, and I remember my reaction as being either lukewarm or cold. I prefer the Ryan Phillippe version, maybe because having ten episodes this first season allows the character to build and percolate further.

Just like Wahlberg's version, this Shooter adapts Hunter's novel, Point of Impact. It then expands on it. A modern upgrade rejiggers our guy from a weathered 1960's Vietnam vet to a marine who served three harrowing tours in Afghanistan. For those in the dark, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Bob Lee Swagger is a decorated sniper whose official reported kill count is 210, except those in the trenches estimate the true count closer to 390. For his trouble, Swagger scored a titanium hip.

Still, the hip doesn't much impact him. He's still outdoorsy, still communes with nature and protects wildlife from them weekend baggers. He still practices his marksmanship. He hasn't lost his touch.

Maybe it's why an old friend drops in for a visit. His old marine captain (Omar Epps), now a suit in the Secret Service, alerts him to a potential threat to assassinate the President in Seattle. What's required of Bob Lee is a complete work-up regarding distances and potential shoot sites and such. Bob Lee shouldn't have played along.

Next thing, Bob Lee is on the run, framed for a long-distance kill shot. A multi-agency task force is mobilized to hunt him down. The evidence against him is overwhelming, especially since it's evidence based on the "footprints" he left while earlier casing the scene. Now, Bob Lee is a self-sufficient hombre. It would've been a cinch for him to vanish if not for his one glaring weakness. He loves his family.

If you'd been sleeping on the USA network, just know that, for years now, it's been rolling out a string of very watchable shows, from Monk to Psych to Burn Notice to White Collar to Suits to Royal Pains to Mr. Robot to Shooter. But enough promo. To me, Shooter was a pleasant surprise. I went in with the mindset of "I want to give it a chance, but I dunno if I'll like it." What sells it to me is Bob Lee's relationship with his wife (Shantel VanSanten) and his six-year-old daughter (Lexy Kolker), and also the professionalism and mutual respect shown in the sudden partnership that develops between Bob Lee and a semi-disgraced FBI agent (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). That FBI agent is Nadine Memphis (changed from Nick Memphis in the book). Agent Memphis is prone to wild theories and disobeying orders. She's still trying to live down having accidentally shot and killed a hostage. But maybe a maverick FBI chick is just what Bob Lee needs most to clear his name.

A cute thing: It's amusing to me that Bob Lee's bedtime stories to his little girl consist of anecdotes of his black ops missions - and that his little girl eats that sh-- up.

In ten episodes, see Swagger run for his life and unravel a conspiracy. See him take the fight to no less than five prominent baddies and their assorted hired guns. It's neat to see Eddie McClintock - of Warehouse 13 fame - discard his goofy side to play a darker role. Suddenly, he's fun to root against.

You can tell Phillippe went thru some legit sniper training, because he looks like he knows what he's doing when he's handling his arsenal of weapons. It's apropos that Bob Lee seems only so-so with hand-to-hand combat, never mind that Phillippe supposedly has an extensive background in martial arts. But Bob Lee's forte is in snipering. Me not being a sniper, I dunno how much more the show could've put in when it comes to the minutiae of long distance marksmanship. We get passing mention of relevant elements such as wind speed, elevation, drop, range, etc. And, occassionally, we're treated to these equations that float onscreen that I guess Bob Lee was formulating as he sized up a target.

Is it up in the air whether Shooter will get a third season? Who knows? I think it's worth renewing. Bob the Nailer is a solid protagonist who doesn't talk much. He reminds me not so much of Clint Eastwood - because Phillippe doesn't convey that kind of weight onscreen - but of someone like, say, Clint Walker or Audie Murphy. Phillippe portrays Bob Lee as someone who is incredibly resolute and quietly capable, never mind that, for someone who's supposed to be a ghost with a knack for blending in, his way of blending in is to put on a baseball hat and wear sunglasses indoors, like, every time. C'mon, Bob Lee, you're better than that.
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Colonel DReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bob Lee "The Nailer" Swagger in an action series with a few issues
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“Shooter” is a TV series based upon the novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter and no doubt influenced by the film “Shooter” starring Mark Wahlberg. It tells the story of former Marine Corps elite sniper Bob Lee Swagger who is trying to lead a quiet life outside of Seattle with his wife and toddler daughter. He’s a legend in the Corps with a record breaking kill record in the Stan. Out of the blue he’s approached by his old CO who is now in the Secret Service and seeking Swagger’s help in thwarting an assassination threat against the President. Isaac Johnson knows Bob Lee is the best and uses the added incentive that the threat comes from an old enemy sniper Swagger’s tangled with in the past who almost killed him and did kill his spotter. Reluctantly he signs on and does a thorough job plotting out the likely optimal locations the assassin will use. Unfortunately the whole thing’s a set up and Swagger is soon on the run for his life and trying to clear his name and protect his family.

The show is pretty engaging and briskly paced with Ryan Phillipe doing a decent job as Bob Lee. Omar Epps is on hand as the duplicitous Johnson and is a reliable adversary. There’s also a rich gun aficionado and sniper wannabe, a rogue Russian FSB operator and a shady CIA spook (Tom Sizemore) in the game to keep our hero in jeopardy and amp up the suspense.

There are some problems; first and foremost is why a guy who is an elite sniper who is trained to blend in with his surroundings and disappear fails to take even the most obvious precautions? Bob Lee makes no effort to disguise himself other than wearing a ball cap and rarely some sunglasses. Does he shave his distinctive facial hair? No. Maybe color his hair or get a wig, fake mustache (hasn’t he ever seen “The Americans?) or beard? No (well later he sort of goes for the color change). Does he try to change his clothing style and stop looking like his wardrobe is sourced solely from the BX or a tactical gear catalog? No. He gets the motorcycle of his KIA spotter’s mother and drives all over the place; the SS and FBI know he’s been to her house and you’d think they would check to see if mom or son had any registered vehicles and put out a BOLO on them but that doesn’t happen. Unlike the book character who is a loner this Swagger has a wife and an adorable little daughter who serve as a plot device to complicate Bob Lee’s life on the run. He’s obsessed with keeping them safe but communicates with them all the time, even having some conjugal visits with the wife; doesn’t seem like the wisest move. In fact many of the characters make highly questionable choices putting themselves in peril that rational thinking normal folks probably wouldn’t make. Near the end of the series a couple squads of Russian commando types go after Bob Lee in a heavily wooded park in broad daylight knowing his skill set and are just predictably gunned down- really?

Despite the previously noted flaws “Shooter” is reasonably suspenseful and exciting. Good enough that it’s got two more seasons in the can and I believe it’s been picked up for a fourth.
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rikE2iisReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT get it and enjoy it.
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I saw the movie with Mark Wahlberg and it is got the same title and some of the same premise as the TV show, but they are two completely different plots. Trying to compare the movie and the series is like trying to get an apple to taste like an orange. In reality the movie is a lot closer to how many snipers are when they retire, alone, high ground, a good dog and away from people. The TV series is somewhat fantasy on that part because of the # of kills this sniper has and it not affect him, well he be either or both a socio/psychopath. The series is good entertainment and I do enjoy it but it's NOT the movie and I believe it wasn't meant to be hence the family as well as many friends. They need that aspect in order to make it more than a one season show.
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V. L. BrownReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thrill Ride!!!
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Thrill ride with plenty of good characters. Each are being delved into their histories and what makes them tick. Love the strength of Bob Lee and his wife's relationship. They trust and have faith in one another no matter what is being said to the opposite or how the circumstances appear. This is a good one for sure. Ryan Phillippe has nailed this role. Already it's been renewed for season 2 before season 1 has even ended.
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Sandy@yahooReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action/Adventure
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This was one of the very best DVDs I ever had - great acting with lots of action and adventure. I always couldn’t wait to get onto the next episode.

I am trying to find season two DVD but right now Amazon doesn’t have it yet.
gerbReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Disappointment
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If you really liked "Point of Impact," you may or may not like this movie. It bears little resemblance to the plot of the Stephen Hunter Book. The movie pretty much "updated"/dumbed-down the characters so they are cartoon silhouettes of the book. It is an ok movie but pretty much a formula anti-hero vs establishment plot like so many others. A real disappointment for me; I was expecting more.
Rehab nutReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
GOOD DRAMA
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I enjoy this type of series. This one is a tale of a former military man, his relationship with his family, duty to country, and an ongoing conflict with another sniper who has framed him for an attempted assassination. Ryan Phillippe is all grown up. I didn't recognize him. Fortunately I found the series on television after I finished watching those on Amazon streaming video. You can still get caught up on Amazon streaming video.
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