Kimberley French
Owen Gleiberman
March 21, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shooter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
120 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/23/07
performer
Michael Peña, Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Kate Mara
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Jonathan Lemkin
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama
We gave it a C-

In Shooter, Mark Wahlberg, as a former Marine sniper, is brought out of retirement to take out a would-be presidential assassin. It is, however, all a big setup, in a plot that recycles the murder of JFK and the sins of Dick Cheney without becoming remotely plausible — or unpredictable. The ultimate crime of this paranoid enemy-of-the-state pulp, directed with more style than brains by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), is how dull it is. Once the conspiracy is revealed, there’s still 90 minutes of manhunt to go, with Wahlberg, in blank-slate mode, reduced to Rambo in the concrete jungle.

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