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Title: Shooter
Directed by:
Antoine Fuqua
Written by:
Jonathan Lemkin
Year: 2007

It should not come as a surprise that I am no fan of pure action films, and since Shooter is one of those, I do not think very highly of it. The story is centred on a ninj… sorry, a sniper, called Bob Lee Swagger, with a somewhat exaggerated set of skills. He has retreated to a peaceful abode in the mountains, but gets hired to unravel a plot threatening to kill the president. If the script had been competently written, perhaps one would have been surprised when the plot succeeds and Swagger is accused of the murder. Of course, like the true ni… sorry, sniper… he is, he determines to set out on a quest to find the real culprits.

Admittedly, the film is moderately directed and visually it works alright. The problem is that this kind of shallow story painted over with much blood does not do it for me, especially when the film merely consists of these three scenes: Swagger fleeing, Swagger killing people with his sniper rifle and Swagger calling for reinforcements (for the opponent, that is, not for himself). There are some attempts at pressing an ideological point, but it feels more like something added as an afterthought to suit people like me, than something thoroughly integrated into the film.

However, the film was fairly agreeable to watch; it was one of those movies during which one can have a running conversation while it is running, without spoiling the experience. There is at least one truly surprise scene in the film, so watch out for it. Or don’t, because I really cannot recommend this film to anyone but sniper aficionados who also happen love action movies.

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  1. Hannes’s avatar

    Haha, I actually thought it was if not good then at least OK. But then, our taste in movies have been known to differ before ;)


  2. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Indeed. The film was enjoyable, but not in itself. Don’t think that I didn’t enjoy watching it with you, because that’s simply not the case. It was probably a good movie for the occasion, since it allowed small talk and discussions about the movie :)


  3. Martin’s avatar

    “Don’t think that I didn’t enjoy watching it with you” is a thing I’ve been thinking about. I have a hard time reviewing a (bad) movie I watched with others for the simple reason that I don’t want it to sound as I not liked watching it. I know that it’s only to ignore the feeling, but since I’m really lousy at ignoring feelings, I think about it anyway.

    A little off-topic comment.


  4. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Hm, yes, and obviously I did as well. :) Naturally, it should not be a problem rationally speaking, but as you say, it still feels bad. The reason for it being alright is of course that the reason is that the movie was fun to watch because of the friends and not because of the movie. Two separate things and it it the latter the review concerns. i don’t know about you, but I would never react to your putting a bad grade on a film I saw with you. I wouldn’t even consider that it could have something to do with me, so as you say, I think the problem is mostly an emotional illusion, precisely as you say.