17 02 2010

Dir: Antoine Fuqua

Stars:  Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Ned Beatty

Run. Time: 124 minutes

Year: 2007

Shooter follows veteran expert sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) as he is taken out of retirement by a mysterious Colonel (Glover) to help prevent a presidential assassination.  At the assassination events turn against Swagger and he uses what few resources he has and the help of disgruntled federal agent Nick Memphis (Pena) to track those behind his misfortune and bring them to his own idea of justice.  Parallel to this he is trying to protect the wife of his spotter from the military after she helps him, exposing herself as a target.

Essentially this is an action/conspiracy movie with the hook that the action is principally sniping as opposed to what you would expect from this type of movie; car chases, lots of pistols, running about, shooting from behind cover, a fist fight or two.  That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy that stuff, I love it, but this film very deliberately went in a different direction and it works.  It works really well. Read the rest of this entry »