Shooter (2007)Mark Wahlberg is quickly becoming my favorite action star with the… More Mark Wahlberg is quickly becoming my favorite action star with the release of Lone Survivor coming after this action thriller from 2007. He's become the new military hero; this film following in the vein of Rambo. The plot is actually carved straight out of a Rambo movie: Gratuitous violence is blended with a conspiracy story. Wahlberg's character, Bob Le Swagger is tricked by government officials into a mission that isn't what was advertised. The ensuing manhunt, displaying Swagger's skill, cunning, and real patriotism contrasts excellently with the conniving government men. Glover's and Beatty's characters are really sleazy and morally bankrupt. This aspect of the film is reminiscent of Harrison Ford's A Clear and Present Danger even more than Rambo. Critics have degraded this film as implausible and the cinematic equivalent of "special forces-style" pulp fiction, but I see it as undeniably entertaining. What were you expecting, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal? Anyway, considering today's Osama Bin Laden-Benghazi type headlines, is it all that implausible? It's all about moral choices in the face of a completely corrupt system. Finally, I love that Wahlberg's character calls my home state Tennessee: "the patron state of shooting stuff", even though that grammar is atrocious.
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