Derived from author Stephen Hunters exciting novel Point of Impact, the action packed film Shooter aims to please. Retired Marine scout sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is happy living in a secluded cabin in the mountains with his rifle and dog. Then retired Colonel Isaac Johnson (Danny Glover) visits Bob Lee and asks him if he would help the government stop a presidential assassination plot. Because he was double-crossed on his last mission he doesn’t want to help until the Colonel starts pushing his buttons by telling him he couldn’t live with himself if the president was killed. Bob Lee reluctantly agrees to help. (It would have been a really short movie if he wouldn’t have.) After several weeks of reconnaissance on the locations the president is planning to visit, Bob Lee finds the ideal spot to watch the president and still be able to flush out the assassin. Once again, Bob Lee is double-crossed by the government and Colonel Johnson and he’s made out to be the assassin. Thankfully, he is helped by rookie F.B.I. agent Nick Memphis (Michael Pena) and Sarah Fenn (Kate mara) the wife of his ex-partner who was killed on their last mission. Even with all of this help, Bob Lee is shot twice and learns that his dog was killed. True to form, he takes his sniper rifle and brings down a healthy dose of vengeance on Johnson and everyone associated with him. With the help of Mark Wahlberg and superb directing this is much better than the average action film. Not only does it have good character development but it’s also a smart and intelligent movie. Okay – semi-intelligent. I don’t think I could make an I.V. solution with some sugar, tape and a needle and give it to myself after being shot twice whether I’m blind or not. Take your wives and girlfriends to this film; this is a nice way to repay them for dragging you to all of those romantic-comedies. Of course, they might just enjoy it. This is a thrill-ride from start to finish and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.