Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sniper (1993)

Director: Luis Llosa

Starring: Tom Berenger, Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh, Aden Young, Ken Radley, Reynaldo Arenas, Gary Swanson, Hank Garrett, Frederick Miragliotta

More info: IMDb

Tagline: One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.

Plot: Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners on such missions. This time he's accompanied by crack marksman Richard Miller, who's more of an office-type. Together they plan to seek out an important rebel leader, whilst avoiding a rogue marksman who frequents this part of the jungle.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

While it's a nicely paced film and slower than what you'd expect, it's still got too much action.  Since the sniper life is all about the monotonous waiting I was hoping for something even more subdued. I dig Zane but did they have to make his character an Olympic medal winning shooter who's never killed?  And why would they put him on an important mission that, you know, means he has to kill?  Not buying it.  But suspension of disbelief aside, it's not a bad picture but it's not as good as it should have been.

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