April 07, 2007

A&E > Movie: Shooter (2007)

"Welcome to Tennessee, patron state of shootin' stuff."
 -- Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), in Shooter

That's from the new Mark Wahlberg movie, Shooter, based on the Stephen Hunter novel. He says that on arrival to Athens, Tennessee. It's a town just down the road from where I live, and as I mentioned once, it was the site of the 1946 Battle of Athens. That's the only modern example of which I'm aware of U.S. citizens taking up arms against an unjust government so that bullets were ready to make sure ballots were read.

I enjoyed the movie. The action is excellent, and gun guys will be overjoyed. See it now so you can join in on the threads at your favorite gun boards. Wahlberg plays Bob Lee Swagger with subtlety. He isn't an over the top Stallone/Schwarzenegger action hero. He's just a guy, a Jacksonian, who happens to be able to take headshots at a thousand yards.

I fell in love with actress Kate Mara. I want to spirit her away to a mountaintop cabin and spend a weekend counting her freckles.

There's the usual action movie improbabilities and exaggerations. (The fx guy is extremely fond of gigantic fireballs.) The interplay between Swagger and the bad guys is likewise cartoonish. The villain played by Ned Beatty is a Cheney look-alike Congressman from a Western state who loves him some oil pipelines and over-under shotguns. So that's either good or bad, depending on how you feel about Cheney.

If you're "a peckerwood who lives in the hills with too many guns" as Swagger describes himself, I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy the movie.

Posted by lesjones | TrackBack


I just saw that movie last night and, as a TN resident, loved that line!

Posted by: Peter at April 14, 2007

what type of car did they drive off in at the end of the movie

Posted by: Angus at September 02, 2007
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