Shooter

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With an implausible story and numerous plot holes, Shooter fails to distinguish itself from other mindless action-thrillers.

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A top Marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), leaves the military after a mission goes horribly awry and disappears without a trace. Swagger is coaxed back into service after high-profile government officials convince him to help thwart a plot against the President of the United States. Swagger realizes he has been betrayed and becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt. Instead of hiding, he seeks revenge against some of the most powerful and corrupt leaders in the free world.

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
as Bob Lee Swagger
Michael Peña
as Agent Nick Memphis
Danny Glover
as Col. Isaac Johnson
Kate Mara
as Sarah Fenn
Elias Koteas
as Jack Payne
Rhona Mitra
as Alourdes Galindo
Tate Donovan
as Russ Turner
Ned Beatty
as Sen. Charles F. Meachum
Rade Serbedzija
as Michael Sandor
A.C. Peterson
as Off. Stanley Timmons
Lane Garrison
as Donnie Fenn
Susan Barnett
as TV News Anchor
Dagmar Midcap
as TV News Anchor
Darrin Maharaj
as TV News Anchor
William Richard
as Helicopter Pilot
David Vigt
as Helicopter Pilot
Robert Hoban
as Helicopter Pilot
Brian Marinson
as Attorney General Russert
Jonathan Walker
as Louis Dobbler
Michael St. John Smith
as FBI Director Brandt
Dean Monroe McKenzie
as Archbishop Desmond Mutumbo
Mackenzie Gray
as Dave Simmons
Levon Helm
as Mr. Rate
Rebecca Tooland
as Mrs. Rate
Mike Dopud
as Lead Mercenary
Chic Gibson
as Mayor of Philadelphia
Fred North
as Helicopter Pilot
Tina McKissick
as Helicopter Pilot
Chuck Aaron
as Attack Helicopter Pilot
Zak Santiago
as Senior Agent
Michael-Ann Connor
as Junior Agent
Shawn Reis
as Underling
Tom Butler
as President
Adrian Hughes
as Ben Davis
Darrin Massey
as Frank Russo
David Bloom
as Meachum's Valet
Brad Kelley
as Sorenson
Ukee Washington
as TV News Anchor
Justin Louis
as Howard Purnell
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Audience Reviews for Shooter

  • Jun 02, 2015
    I enjoyed Shooter. It is always nice when it is one-against-the-world, and the one comes through - even though it would be a fantasy.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2014
    Mark Wahlberg is quickly becoming my favorite action star with the release of Lone Survivor coming after this action thriller from 2007. He's become the new military hero; this film following in the vein of Rambo. The plot is actually carved straight out of a Rambo movie: Gratuitous violence is blended with a conspiracy story. Wahlberg's character, Bob Le Swagger is tricked by government officials into a mission that isn't what was advertised. The ensuing manhunt, displaying Swagger's skill, cunning, and real patriotism contrasts excellently with the conniving government men. Glover's and Beatty's characters are really sleazy and morally bankrupt. This aspect of the film is reminiscent of Harrison Ford's A Clear and Present Danger even more than Rambo. Critics have degraded this film as implausible and the cinematic equivalent of "special forces-style" pulp fiction, but I see it as undeniably entertaining. What were you expecting, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal? Anyway, considering today's Osama Bin Laden-Benghazi type headlines, is it all that implausible? It's all about moral choices in the face of a completely corrupt system. Finally, I love that Wahlberg's character calls my home state Tennessee: "the patron state of shooting stuff", even though that grammar is atrocious.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2013
    Shooter is a well-crafted thriller that's intense and exciting. Former Special Forces marksman Bob Lee Swagger is setup to take the fall for an attempted presidential assassination, but when he escapes capture Swagger attempts to expose the conspiracy and tear it down. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Michael Pena, and Rhona Mitra, the cast is quite strong. And, director Antoine Fuqua does an impressive job with the action sequences. Additionally, the storytelling's well-done and keeps the film moving at a steady pace while also building intrigue. Compelling and suspenseful, Shooter is an entertaining action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2013
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