This week’s Film Friday begins the long list of book-to-movie titles. I’ll admit this is probably the most obscure one, but it is such nonetheless. I would also like to apologise right now, I’m tired and it’s getting late, so this one may be pretty short and sparse.
Without further ado, there be spoilers (and coarse language and violent themes) ahead!
Shooter (2007). Based on the novel ‘Point of Impact‘ (1993) by Stephen Hunter, the film follows retired Force Recon Marine Scout Sniper, Gunnery Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger. He is framed for murder by a rogue secret military unit, and seeks justice in revenge and the clearing of his name.
I think the main things I love about this movie is the fast paced action, and the fact he’s a sniper. I’m not sure why I like movies about snipers (or archers such as Tristan in ‘King Arthur‘), but I do. And Mark Wahlberg certainly helps.
The movie includes a lot of political references and subtext, as it often talks about the ‘current state of America’. It also exudes a mass of American patriotism, which often overshadows the moments when people are shown to be betraying their country and fellow citizens.
The major difference between the book and the movie is the setting. The book is set just after the Vietnam War – so in the late seventies – whereas as the movie is set in the modern day. Due to this big change, many things in the book have to be tweaked. It sort of happens that the two become very different stories. I have managed to appreciate them as very separate works; something which I think is important, or else you’ll be incredibly disappointed (and maybe even outraged).
Bob Lee Swagger: Welcome to Tennessee, patron state of shootin’ stuff.
Bob Lee Swagger: Suppose I was looking for man who could make a 2200 yard cold bore shot, who’s alive that could do that?
Mr. Rate: Seems I heard about a shot like that being made not too long ago, said the guy’s name was Bob Lee Swagger. Never met the man, so I wouldn’t know.
Bob Lee Swagger: Yeah, they said that alright.
Mr. Rate: They also said that artificial sweeteners were safe, WMDs were in Iraq and Anna Nicole married for love.
Mr. Rate: That’s how a conspiracy works. Them boys on the Grassy Knoll, they were dead within three hours, buried in the damned desert, unmarked graves out past Terlingua.
Nick Memphis: You know this for a fact?
Mr. Rate: Still got the shovel…
Sarah Fenn: What are you going to do?
Bob Lee Swagger: Exercise my right to bear arms.
Bob Lee Swagger: Where are we meeting?
Colonel Johnson: Somewhere where I can see you coming from a god damned long way off.
Bob Lee Swagger: I don’t think you understand, these boys killed my dog.
Attorney General: Colonel, your moral compass is so fucked up, I’ll be shocked if you manage to find your way back to the parking lot.
There you have it, an incredibly uninsightful post about a movie I love and can quote back to front. Next week will be the first of many awesome superhero movies. Hope to see you then!