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Shooter

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Kimberley French

Shooter

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/23/07
performer:
Michael Pena, 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.