DVD 125 mins IMDB 7.1
R (Restricted)
Paramount Pictures (2007)
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Seen It:
(6/16/2007 )

John Wood
Action, Drama, Thriller
USA  /  English

Mark Wahlberg Bob Lee Swagger
Michael Pena Nick Memphis
Elias Koteas Jack Payne
Rhona Mitra Alourdes Galindo
Kate Mara Sarah Fenn
Danny Glover Colonel Isaac Johnson
Ned Beatty Senator Charles F. Meachum
Rade Sherbedgia
Lane Garrison Donnie Fenn
Michael Peña Nick Memphis
Jonathan Walker Louis Dobbler
Justin Louis Howard Purnell
Tate Donovan Russ Turner
Rade Serbedzija Michael Sandor
Alan C. Peterson Officer Stanley Timmons
Zak Santiago Senior Agent
Michael-Ann Connor Junior Agent

Director Antoine Fuqua
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura; Erik Howsam
Writer Jonathan Lemkin; Stephen Hunter

A movie that would not have been out of place in the run of paranoid-political thrillers of the 1970s, Shooter works an entertaining variation on the assassination picture. Mark Wahlberg, carrying over good mojo from The Departed, slides neatly into the character of Bob Lee Swagger, master marksman. Swagger has retreated from his duty as an off-the-books hired gun for the military, having become disillusioned with his government (switching on his TV at his remote mountain cabin, he mutters, "Let's see what kind of lies they're trying to sell us today."). Ah, but the government needs Swagger to scope out the location of a rumored attempt on the life of the president, so a shadowy government operative (Danny Glover) begs Swagger to use his sniper's skills to out-fox the assassin. From there--well, spoilers are not fair, since the movie has a few legitimate shocks and a very nice wrong-man scenario about to unfold.

A novel by the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Stephen Hunter gives the movie a logical spine, even if the premise itself is the stuff of conspiracy theorists. Wahlberg gets support from Michael Pena, as a skeptical FBI agent; Kate Mara, as a trustworthy widow; and Ned Beatty, trailing along memories of Network, as a supremely cynical Senator. Along with the well-executed action sequences (the previously unreliable director Antoine Fuqua gets it in gear here), the movie includes a few potshots at the Bush administration. No, that doesn't put Shooter at the level of The Parallax View or All the President's Men, but it provides some tang along with the flying bullets. --Robert Horton

Edition Details
Distributor Paramount Home Video
Edition Widescreen Edition
Barcode 097363303046
Region Region
Release Date 6/26/2007
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
No. of Disks/Tapes 1
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Purchase Date 6/16/2007
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