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Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Rade Sherbedgia, Ned Beatty
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Rating: NC-16 (Violence)
Year Made: 2007




- Commentary by Director Antoine Fuqua
- Survival of the Fittest: The Making of Shooter
- Independence Hall
- Deleted Scenes



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




When respected former Marine scout sniper Bob Lee Swagger is pressed into service to stop an assassination attempt against the President, the unthinkable occurs: he's double-crossed and framed for the attempt. Determined to prove his innocence, the rogue shooter is now in a high-tension race from every law enforcement agency in the country and a shadowy organization that wants him dead.


The word “Sniper” won’t be that unfamiliar to male Singaporeans who went through at least 2 years of their life serving the nation and to top it off, most of us would have at least fire a live M-16 once during that time.

And so when a military premise movie liked “Shooter” came along, I’m definitely game for the DVD review (since I missed the theatrical run). And yes to a certain extent, it doesn’t disappoint.

Mark Wahlberg starred as Bob Lee Swagger, a skilful Marine Sniper who left the army to live in reclusion after his spotter buddy was killed in a mission. But for patriotic reasons, Bob is reluctantly lured back to assist the government by a certain Colonel Isaac Johnson (played by Danny Glover) to prevent an assassination attempt on the President.

From this point on, the plotting starts to get interesting, Johnson frames Bob for an assassination attempt, which killed a religious figure. And what's the damn motive behind all this? To differentiate itself from a cheesy B-grade mindless action flick, screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin throws in countless references and jabs at the current political status in the US. Issues of oil control, corrupted politicians and ex-military personnel are brought up to fatten up the conspiracy. It does help that with Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) at the helm, the right amount of messages are conveyed without resorting to overkill.

Fuqua also did a great job satisfying the action fans. The action is brutal and violent (it’s a sin to expect a gun-toting movie without the blood factor isn't it). I’m not sniper-trained while I was in the army but instinct-wise, finally there’s some sniper’s mumbo-jumbo that looks and sounds believable in a movie.

Credit has to go to ex-CK underwear model and singer, Mark Wahlberg for his charisma in taking on an action role once again (Remember the remake, “The Italian Job”). He has a killer line in “Shooter”, something about his dog which will have you in stitches.

Another impressive job done, which I need to mention, is the cinematography done by Peter Menzies, his lush wide shots of British Columbia; Philadelphia is a luxury to the eyes. You don’t really see these widescreen views often onscreen these days. We hope Bay did that in “Transformers”. It’s called “pulled back the camera”.

“Shooter” is an enjoyable action flick, not entirely mindless but not exactly taxing on the brains either. The premise sounds similar to another straight-to-video movie, “The Contractor” which starred Wesley Snipes (I did the DVD review as well) but “Shooter” scores higher on the pyrotechnics and a decent intriguing plot that is well worth a peek on home video.


This Code 3 DVD contains a nice slew of features, first up is Commentary by Director Antoine Fuqua. Fuqua has a great time working on the movie with the cast and his producers who did a great job coordinating the various locations shooting. And it shows here that he is one generous guy who is always ready to give his working partners’ credits when it’s due. In addition, the track contains lots of background information which includes logistics, preparation work for “Shooter” etc.

Survival of the Fittest: The Making of Shooter is an approximately 20 minutes making of special which includes Mark Wahlberg preparation as a sniper from a real military advisor prior to shooting. There’s also an interview with Stephen Hunter who wrote the book in which this movie is based on.

If you loved history, you might like Independence Hall, a short 7 minutes feature which highlights the origins of the United States’ Independence Hall where some of the shots in the movie are filmed.

Lastly, a 12 minutes Deleted Scenes, which focus more on Wahlberg’s character Bob Swagger roundup the extra features.


Applaud this DVD transfer because it’s just so good. The colours are sharp, bright and alluring. This is no arty-farty stuff but the grand cinematography makes you craving to reach for it on your tv screen.

Dialogue is clear and the heavy gunshots in the movie make good use of the Dolby Digital 5.1. It’s especially lively during the opening sequence and the farmhouse sequence towards the end.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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