Being a big fan of anything that involves snipers – movies, video games, books, etc – I am surprised that I haven’t heard anything at all about “Shooter“. It is one of those niche things that is done for the fans only.
The story is not particularly thick or twisted. On the contrary, it’s quite straightforward and predictable. But that didn’t spoil the film too much. It was shot nicely, with some really nice photography. And the casting was excellent – Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Rade Serbedzija, Rhona Mitra, and the rest did their job very well.
Overall, there is not much too say more. If you are a fan of snipers, this movie is a must see. If not, then I don’t know – it’s a nice action movie based on a rather weak story. 4 out of 5.
I just came back from the cinema, where I watched “Brooklyn’s Finest“. It’s a rather slow developing drama picturing three separate stories of three New York cops. While there is nothing in particular outstanding about this film, overall it is quite good and enjoyable. Some of the things it shows are more realistic than in many other movies, some – not. It’s not particularly too far-fetched, but probably not something that would happen in real life. Quite close though.
I think this film is trying to give you something to think about. It actually spells out the idea in the first scene, first dialogue. But because the rest of it somewhat slow, the message gets lost in the process. If not completely lost, then for sure it doesn’t sound as clear as it did in the beginning of the film. Maybe it was the idea, maybe it wasn’t – I don’t know. But I thought it would have been better if the message was carried across a bit louder.
This is not a film for a romantic Friday evening or a family Saturday morning, but there is enough good in it for me to recommend it. Either pick a slow day and see it in the movies, or grab the DVD. 4 out of 5.