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A Straight Shot.....Not Bad//Not Great
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020
Shooter is a 2007 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Jonathan Lemkin, based on the 1993 novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The film follows Force Recon veteran Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), who is framed for murder by a rogue unit of personnel operating for a private military firm. The film also stars Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Levon Helm, and Ned Beatty.
I guess I’ll preface this by saying I'm not really a super huge fan of “action movies” to begin with, so good luck in agreeing with my opinion I GUESS.
Now, conceptually speaking, this actually isn't a terrible movie. There's something quite alluring about the underhanded nature of the of dangers of blind patriotism that are touched on in ‘Shooter’ (Though, I may be projecting and seeing things that weren’t really there) And this preface is included without being metaphorically beaten to death by the time the conclusion is reached. in addition to this, the plot is relatively straightforward and absolutely no previous military or other related experience is needed to understand what is going on as the plot develops.
I try not to complain too much about things that seem to be grounded from reality - because, I mean, it’s a freaking movie for crying out loud - But my primary complaint about the characters and elements in this movie seem to bleed over in to inconsistencies with the novel it is based off. For one, there is a certain amount of carelessness portrayed by the characters in this movie that I would not expect any way; ‘The Shooter’ goes to great lengths to convince its audience that Mr Swagger is the “best of the best in his field,” but his willingness to bend to authority figures without investigating the legitimacy of their position beforehand seems out of place given the context in which this occurs. Secondly, the romance in this film feels so forced and is so painfully cliche that it hurts to witness. How does Mr. Swagger go from simply meeting with his dead buddy’s wife to her being referred to as “h i s w o m a n” in the span of what feels like a couple of hours??? HOOOW???? 😢😢😢😢
A las! A silver lining awaits!
Despite feeling a bit mis-casted at times, you won’t see me complaining about getting to look at Wahlberg for the entirety of two hours. Between the vignettes of Marky Mark’s arm muscles and Kate Mara’s freckles my bisexuality has been shamelessly reaffirmed.
Not a terrible movie by any means…
Just….not my particular cup of tea.