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Shooter 4K UHD Steelbook Review

“Shooter” is a flat action-thriller.

Based on the novel “Point Of Impact” by Stephen Hunter, 2007’s “Shooter” begins with a Gunnery Sgt. Bob Lee Swagger (yes, that’s the character’s actual name) and his partner Donnie being abandoned by their superiors. Bob survives, but Donnie ends up dead. 36 months later, Bob is living off the grid in the mountains until he is approached by a retired Army Colonel about a job trying to save the President from an assassination attempt. As one might expect, the job goes south as Bob is set-up and shot. He manages to escape and go on the run, but now Bob has to find out why he’s been double crossed. With the help of Donnie’s widow (Sarah) and a rookie FBI agent (Nick), Bob investigates the situation and discovers it involves Ethopia, a corrupt Senator, and a big conspiracy. 

Antoine Fuqua generally has a decent directorial track record, but “Shooter” ranks among his weakest efforts. One would think that the all-star cast which contains Mark Wahlberg, Elias Koteas, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Danny Glover, Rade Serbedzija, and Ned Beatty would at least elevate the film, but that’s not the case. In fact, everyone is wasted in their roles here. To be fair, it’s not their fault. The fault solely lies on writer Jonathan Lemkin who makes the material so situational that he forgot to write characters. Every single character is so one-dimensional and uninteresting here. Even Wahlberg’s vigilante “hero” Bob is devoid of emotion. 

“Shooter” tries to coast on its conspiracy drivel and action set pieces. For action junkies, it might be serviceable, but for others, the sheer implausibility of everything happening on screen will likely leave you not caring about the explosions, the shootouts, and the numerous slow motion hero shots. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? For a catalogue title, the picture quality is impressive. A nice upgrade for fans.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The action puts the speaker to works, but the dialogue (and or mumbling) is often too low for my taste.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* 7 deleted scenes
* “Shooter” theatrical trailer
* “Independence Hall- A featurette at shooting at Independence Hall.
* “Survival of The Fittest: The Making Of Shooter” featurette

March 9, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , ,

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