Antoine Fuqua (2007)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
A kind of First Blood for the George W Bush era, Shooter is a conspiracy thriller-cum-action movie that's not afraid to wear its politics on its sleeve. When disillusioned former military sharpshooter Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) agrees to help the US government capture a sniper who's planning to kill the president, the scene is set for a Day of the Jackal-style confrontation. But Swagger's actually being set up as the assassin and has to go on the run to clear his name, and expose the conspiracy at the heart of the government. Wahlberg excels in this frantic action movie, his chisel-jawed features perfect for the veteran who has taken his war home with him. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) intersperses the gunfire with simplistic but hard-hitting asides about the Bush administration's declining fortunes. It's hardly The Parallax View, yet it hammers home its anger over the corruption of America's political elite with unerring accuracy.


A former Marine sniper is coaxed back into action when government officials need his help to prevent an assassination attempt on the US president. However, the intended target is in fact an African archbishop, and the marksman is set up by double-crossing agents to take the fall, forcing him to go on the run as he fights to clear his name. Action thriller, with Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena and Danny Glover.

Cast & Crew

Bob Lee Swagger Mark Wahlberg
Nick Memphis Michael Pena
Colonel Isaac Johnson Danny Glover
Sarah Fenn Kate Mara
Jack Payne Elias Koteas
Alourdes Galindo Rhona Mitra
Louis Dobbler Jonathan Walker
Howard Purnell Justin Louis
Director Antoine Fuqua
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray