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An honorable and brilliant marksman finds himself in an unthinkable situation: framed as a Presidential assassin. Plunged into a shocking vortex of terror and conspiracy, the rogue shooter discovers the race is on to prove his innocence even as he is pursued by every law enforcement agency in the country, as well as a shadowy organization on a relentless manhunt aimed at destroying the secrets he has uncovered.
Action Drama Thriller - This is an action thriller with a lot of what the title promises:
gunplay and shootouts. The violent content may be a bit much for
more sensitive viewers, but this is one that action fans will enjoy.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Involvement is key to any thriller's success and Shooter delivers it. Even in a climate where the pervasive influence of 24 can be argued to have caused "thriller fatigue," Shooter is worth the price of admission.
USA TodayFull Review Average The film has moments of intrigue, but mostly it's all about big guns and firepower.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 93 moviegoers:The guys enjoyed "Shooter" very much, but they didn't quite love it. I say this because there aren't very many "Fantastic" opinions and there are a few average opinions. Still, I can certainly recommend "Shooter" to all the guys. The female opinions are also very good, but not quite great. Again, there aren't very many "Fantastic" opinions and there are a few low opinions. I can still recommend it since most will enjoy it very much.
Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is a former Marine scout sniper and disgruntled
American hero who thought he had walked away from the job
forever after a devastating betrayal. Now, despite having
sequestered himself in a stunning but remote mountain
hideaway, Bob is approached by retired Colonel Isaac Johnson
(Danny Glover), who tells him the country desperately needs
him. As Johnson tells it, an assassination attempt on the
President of the United States is imminent and only Swagger's
lethal skills and savvy expertise in long-range ballistics
can halt the threat.
Swagger reluctantly agrees one last time to serve his
country – but what he doesn't know is that the entire mission
is a set-up by a dark government cabal with its own agenda.
By the time Swagger realizes the event has been rigged, it's
too late. Suddenly, he finds himself in the headlines as the
lone gunman who tried to shoot the President. Hunted at
every turn, with nowhere to hide and no one to help him
except a mystified woman he's just met (Kate Mara) and a
novice FBI agent risking his career (Michael Peña), Swagger
is in a desperate battle which will put everything he knows
to the test. The clock is ticking as he tries to figure out
who the real hit men are before they hit him. But Swagger
soon realizes even more than his own survival is at stake –
because he's about to lift the veil off a devastating
conspiracy at the very heart of American power.