Sniper (1993)

“One Shot. One Kill. No Exceptions.” – Thomas Beckett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A talented sniper is sent on a dangerous mission with a new partner who is there to ensure that political motives are followed through.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago, yet never had much of a desire to actually see what it was all about.

The overall premise is an interesting one, yet they fail to make it work much better than it actually does.

They have some great action scenes, but they fail to make things feel even more thrilling than they do here.

The story is far too predictable and that hurts things too much.

The film has two very talented leads with Tom Berenger and Billy Zane, but neither is given enough to do here with these characters.

Nether of them is developed well enough and everything they do is very black and white and stereotypical instead of finding ways to keep things more intense and engaging to watch unfold.

There are a few scenes that Berenger is able to bring forth some of the brilliant performance he gave in Platoon (1986) 7 years earlier, but unfortunately, he isn’t able to maintain that kind of character for the entire film which would make things even more profound.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that doesn’t work well enough. The action scenes could have been more thrilling and instead they all feel a bit too predictable. Both Berenger and Zane are great actors, but this story doesn’t give either of them enough to do because the characters feel too black and white and stereotypical in everything the say and do. Berenger actually is able to bring forth the same kind of brilliance that he had in Platoon (1986), but the story doesn’t give his character enough leeway for things to be more profound.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film (along with several others) is somewhat based on the story of US Marine Corps sniper Carlos Hathcock, who took out a Viet Cong sniper who was stalking him by firing a round through the man’s scope, sending the bullet into his brain. The story has been labeled a “myth” by some, but the incident was observed by Hathcock’s spotter, John Roland Burke, who surveyed the scene after the kill. Given the flight time of rounds at long ranges, both snipers could easily have killed one another. The enemy rifle was recovered and the incident is documented by a photograph. After an investigation, the Marine Corps confirmed the incident and registered the kill to Hathcock. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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