Number of Times Seen – Twice (3 Jul 2007 and 10 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A former Army sniper is recruited by a government agency to try and stop an assassin from targeting the President.
My Take on it – When I first saw this film ten years ago, I didn’t quite recall that I had read the novel it was based on over ten years earlier.
AS the film moved along, parts of the book’s story started to resurface in my mind and although I enjoyed it, I still had issues with the way it was adapted.
I didn’t have such a problem this time around since it’s now been over twenty years since I read the book, those memories are buried so deep that even when I rewatched this, nothing came back to ruin my experience.
This film is done really well and the action is used to emphasis Mark Wahlberg’s strengths as an action hero.
The twists and turns in the story work really well and being a fan of conspiracy theory stories, I really had a great time with this one.
The action scenes are filmed quite well and they help make this film lots of fun to watch.
The supporting cast is also quite good and Danny Glover, Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Ned Beatty are all great here.
Bottom Line – Great action film that once again showcases Walhberg’s strengths. Having read the book more than two decades ago, I didn’t remember the story so well and can’t claim that they didn’t do a good job adapting this. The twists and turns work quite well and besides, who doesn’t enjoy a good conspiracy theory film? Some great action scenes help make this lots of fun. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the movie’s script doctor William Goldman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, and Harrison Ford passed on the movie. These men would have fit the literary Bob Lee Swagger’s age a bit more closely than Mark Wahlberg (born in 1971). Author Stephen Hunter introduced Swagger as a Vietnam veteran in a 1993 novel, taking place in 1992. However, to accommodate Wahlberg’s age, this film has Swagger active in Africa in the 1990s, instead of Vietnam in the 1970s. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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