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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 who previously abandoned the military after a routine mission gave way to tragedy is double-crossed by the government after reluctantly being pressured back into service in Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of Stephen Hunter's novel Point of Impact. There was a time when Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) was the best trigger-man in the military, but after growing disillusioned with the system, he disappeared without a trace. When high-profile government officials locate him at his remote mountain retreat following an extensive search, Swagger is coerced back into service in order to stop a determined assassin from taking out the President of the United States. In the process of carrying out his mission, however, Swagger suddenly realizes that he has been betrayed when he becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Now wounded and desperate to reveal the culprits behind the conspiracy before it's too late, Swagger sets into motion a revenge plan that will send shock waves rippling to some of the most powerful and corrupt leaders in the free world. Danny Glover, Rhona Mitra, and Ned Beatty co-star in this conspiracy-driven action thriller that asks what it truly means to serve one's country. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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
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  • Wahlberg isn't as confident or credible as a tough guy with a mantle of regret.

    Apr 28, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The cinematic equivalent of one of those chunky special-forces-porn airport novels.

    Apr 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • The film's weird, thin politics become harder to swallow as it lurches from set-up to set-up.

    Apr 12, 2007 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This is the first big-studio action picture (the director is Antoine Fuqua) with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era.

    Mar 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished.

    Mar 26, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • It's one of those conspiracy thrillers that keeps on asking you to take a leap of faith, until you get tired of leaping and you just start laughing in all the wrong places.

    Mar 26, 2007

Audience Reviews for Shooter

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 Lats
Red Lats

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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 Maximus
Clintus Maximus

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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I like Mark Wahlberg. I'm a huge gun fanatic. I love action movies. But this movie disappointed man... The plot, typical. The ending, one of the worst conclusions you can ever end a movie on. The action, not exciting at all. Is there tension? Not really. This movie fails on a lot of parts. Only thing I've gotta say about this movie is how some scenes (especially the snow sniper scene) is gorgeous. I wanted to like this movie, but it was just another mindless Hollywood action flick.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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