Reviewed by: Rev. Grant Wright
|Featuring:||Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Rade Sherbedgia, Ned Beatty|
|Director:||Antoine Fuqua—“Training Day” (2001), “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013), “The Equalizer” (2014)|
|Producer:||Lorenzo di Bonaventura|
“Yesterday was about honor. Today is about justice.”
“Shooter” is a movie of action, conspiracy and revenge. This film is not nearly as memorable as the “Bourne” movies, not as tacky as “Rambo” and enough conspiracy nastiness to squeeze a full season of “24” into a feature length movie.
Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is a former marine sniper in early retirement because of a military cover up that left him in enemy territory. He is pressured back into service by a patriotic commander (Danny Glover) to defend the President’s life. This is, of course, a façade to frame him as an assassin to become the government’s fall guy. Bob Lee is no average guy though and manages to escape with only two major bullet wounds. As he speedily recovers (what seems like a day or two), he plans his revenge.
This is an entertaining flick, but I’d wait for it on DVD. I think the primary audience will be guys who like action movies and like guns and don’t look too hard for holes in the story. There is plenty of violence, the f-bomb is it used in abundance (mostly spoken by government dignitaries) and no real redemption. There is no nudity; you do, however, see a woman in a bra a few times.
The underlying theme, at the end, is that some atrocities cannot be handled by the justice system, but can be with a bullet. I don’t think this is a message we should be advocating, but I don’t want to encourage ignorance either. I am well aware that wars and atrocities will always occur until our Lord returns, and there are only some measures that deal with these issues with finality. That being said, there is no forgiveness in this film, and that is something to ponder after viewing.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Minor