In Shooter, veteran sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) is taken out of retirement by a mysterious Colonel (Danny Glover) who asks for his help to prevent a presidential assassination. During the assassination, the tables are turned and Swagger gets framed. Now on the run, Swagger uses his skills, along with the help of federal agent Nick Memphis (Michael Pena) to track who framed Swagger, and wants the President dead.
Basically, this film is about action and conspiracy mixed in with car chases, pistols, running, your average Call of Duty shooting from behind cover, and a few fist fights just to keep things interesting. This isn’t to say the film was full of cliches or boring, but it wasn’t fully exciting either. This film was good at showing an accurate depiction of what actually happens during a real-life sniper operation
What I didn’t like about this film was that the villains are similar to cartoon characters. They were played by excellent actors who were so full of pure evil to the point where you could easily guess who’s good and who’s bad, limiting the surprise factor in the film. For example, lets look at Danny Glover. He is an amazing actor, but his performance in this film was very poor. Firstly, he had a bad script, which really limited the quality of his performance. Everything he said was “standard”, as in he was boring to watch. Then comes the emotional part. He wasn’t at all emotional in the film, and he just played a bland, boring, cliched big bad guy.
Then we have Mark Walhberg and Michael Pena. Even though the film didn’t shine, mark did. he delivered a solid performance, he played the action parts well, and he was in control. The same goes for Michael Pena. He played Nick Memphis, an underestimated person who eventually became a sidekick to the main character, in this case Swagger. He shined mostly during the second half of the film, where he, along with Walhberg, had the most screen time.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for Shooter is 3★ and 69.
Shooter was a fun film to watch, but it was very cliched. It has a few good performances, its full of action, but it also had poorly created villains played by bad performances. If you’re into shooting, sniping, and lots of action, then this film is for you. But if not, don’t waste your time on this film.
*I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I did writing it. Thanks for reading!*