March 23, 2007

READY, AIM....

'Shooter': Mark Wahlberg gives 'Shooter' its considerable firepower. (Kenneth Turan, March 23, 2007, LA Times)

It's a sentiment not found on the poster, but if you had to sum up Hollywood's latest action thriller in one sentence, you'd select the traditional "Mark Wahlberg is 'Shooter.' " He really is, and that is a good thing.

One of those elevated B-pictures that runs type across the bottom of the screen to identify cities, "Shooter" has its pro forma, paint-by-numbers elements, but it is executed with such efficiency and energy by action maestro Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") that ignoring flaws and becoming involved in the proceedings isn't a matter of choice.

Starting from a script by Jonathan Lemkin loosely adapted from Stephen Hunter's bestselling "Point of Impact," "Shooter" presents us with the kind of character the movies love: the heroic loner forced to do unequal battle for justice against phenomenal odds.


The source novel was pretty good, but wouldn't Bobby Lee be in Iraq?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2007 6:42 AM
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Orrin: Not "Bobby Lee", but Bob Lee Swagger. And no, he wouldn't be in Iraq, but would instead be pulling his misanthropic routine with a good dog somewhere in Arkansas or Arizona, as far away from the idiots as he could get. His enemies made the unforgivable mistake of killing his hound.

Point of Impact is one of the better gun/sniper novels. The trial at the end is priceless, although the FBI agent should have revealed to the judge the effort to twist his testimony.

Posted by: jd watson at March 23, 2007 3:47 PM
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