July 29, 2007

Shooter - $2

Shooter is not worth your time.


Shooter is a self indulgent and intellectually bankrupt action movie. The main problem is that it thinks it's a complex, conspiracy-revealing thriller. It is not.

Mark Wahlberg gives a good performance as Bob Lee Swagger, a world renowned sniper hired to find out how someone might kill the president. He is then framed by a US government organization, an organization so absurdly morally bankrupt it is comical. This organization is run by a US Senator who is basically the worst human being who has ever lived. This Senator states at one point that every atrocity in human history was either committed, or allowed to happen by a government somewhere and that if you have to pick a side you might as well pick the one where you make some money.

The portrayal of the villains in Shooter were completely over the top, from the writing to the truly awful performance of Danny Glover as the head of the organization which frames Swagger.

The action in this movie is impressive and combined with Wahlberg's performance it is the only thing keeping this one from getting a $1 rating from me.

I put Shooter on my 'Don't Watch It' list and give it a value of $2.

9 comments:

Sheamus the... said...

pretty lame with some cool action...agreed.

jon or angie said...

wow it must be bad. good to see a bad review on here again, i was getting a little worried! its too bad mark wahlberg doesn't pick better movies to do.

Tony Tanti said...

I know I do mainly good reviews, though when you think about it, I'm no pro reviewer which means I don't see movies in order to review them, I review the movies I've seen. This is an important difference as I would never see a movie I'd heard was bad from a good source. This means most movies I see are recommended by someone which causes most movie watching to be good.

jon or angie said...

yeah i'm just bugging you. i notice most of the movies i see are 4 or 5 stars, but that's because i can see a crappy movie a mile away. usually. and then one surprises you with suckiness and you get the pleasure of rippnig it apart.

you may not be a pro but you are a good reviewer.

Jeff said...

Great stuff. Never planned to watch it, now I definitely never will.

Sheamus the... said...

maybe its jus tthat he watches good movies....

Anonymous said...

ok id have to disagree with you and say that it was an amazing movie. it had great action scenes and mark whalberg did an awesome proformance. the plot is good and you can see this really hapepening in the present society and happening in the past like with what people think are conspiracies.

Diablo' said...

I thought it was a great movie. I hesitated at first, considering I never really just watch random movies, but it's a must see in my opinion.

It all depends on the kind of movies you like though. Personally, I enjoy killing in movies, and love snipers. If you're the kind of person that would go see the bee movie, then you definately wouldn't like Shooter, and should probably just crawl into a hole and never come back out.

Tony Tanti said...

Diablo, I haven't seen Bee Movie but I think what you're implying there is that Shooter is for people who like action, not kids movies.

Only problem there is that I love a good action movie, this just wasn't one.

We'll have to agree to disagree on Shooter, it's definitely in my bottom 5 for the year.