52: Shooter

Shooter – March 23, 2007
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara
Written by: Jonathan Lemkin
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

The plot: “A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Back on to my violent streak it seems. Don’t worry, the next review won’t fit that criteria. Anyway, give me a movie with someone wielding lots of guns and explosives on a journey to find justice or exact his revenge and I’m all in.

Shooter definitely didn’t disappoint. I was surprised when I found out exactly how the main character was being set up, so much so that at 3 in the morning, I actually said “WHAT?” out loud and from then on I was all in.

I have this weird soft spot for Mark Wahlberg. Just knowing that he had a music career as Marky Mark and he now has a chain with his brother called ‘Wahlburgers’ sometimes makes it hard to take him seriously. Either way, he plays the macho character of Bob Lee Swagger well. He’s all muscle and heavy breathing and gritting his teeth over getting shot.

Michael Peña also gives a really good performance as new FBI Agent Nick Memphis. He’s trying to find out too much and he’s…expendable so it’s easy to see what some character might want to do to him. That would be that they would want to kill him. But he’s great and plays the role of a guy trying to restore his faith in the system and make sure that one really good guy doesn’t go down without a fight.

And Danny Glover? Well, he’s Danny Glover. Who doesn’t love him?

This movie is full of nature porn. Fuqua definitely took advantage of his landscapes and there were some absolutely gorgeous shots of mountains, rolling plains, and a particularly gorgeous snow-scene. For being a movie about a sniper, it certainly is a beautiful movie to watch. Even the city shots are lovely.

I realize my rating system can be odd sometimes, but I just base it on how I would describe it to a friend, if I’d watch it again/multiple times, how engrossed I was throughout the duration, and if I’d recommend it to anyone or not. There’s no sliding scale of “Well, in comparison to The Godfather…” it’s more or less “What kind of movie did this set out to be and did it achieve that? Fall short of that? Exceed that?” So don’t let the fact that I’m about to give a movie starring Mark Wahlberg a 5 star review deter you from any movie that only got 3 stars.

Did that make even a hint of sense? I don’t know.

Stars: 5/5


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