Title: The Marksman
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Emma Samms, William Hope
Chechen rebels take over a Russian nuclear plant and it's up to a mysterious agent(Snipes) to stop them.
Ok, so this movie is about Wesley who plays--wait...they never did tell us his name in the movie...hrm--anyways they call him Painter which I will explain later.
First of all, this movie has nothing to do with a Marksman--Marksman basically means a sniper of sorts right? Sure he takes out a few bad guys with a rifle or some sort of long distance gun (who knows these things anyways) but he wasn't a sniper per say. Wesley Boy's job in the movie is what they call "Painting a target" Basically it is to go into the target in the dead of night or whenever, use some high tech gadgets to put a little orb looking thing on the target, activate it and get the hell out of dodge. The orb looking thing then sends a signal to a fighter jet near by. The jet do something of a drive by and fire missiles toward the signal, completely obliterating the target. With that said, here goes the review.
This movie is passingly ok. Wesley plays the strong, silent, totally scarred military man that no one likes--(what else is new?) that is until he's needed to go on some kind of suicide mission with a team of soldiers who thinks he's somewhat of a nut. Anyways he goes and shit begins hitting the fan. Nothing is what it seems and the bad guys have some how tricked the Americans into doing their dirty work. Of course, Wesley is the smart cookie who first figure it out and realises "OMG I Painted the wrong target!"
So now he has to go back into the bad guy's camp and fix it. The movie is a little slow at the beginning. The intro alone confused the hell out of me because the intro credits looked like it was the intro credit to a movie about Biological warfare, or some sort of disease type story line. That alone made me arched a brow and go "hrm."
The acting was stiff at best, but of course it's Wesley so I've come to expect nothing better. The other characters were a little better. The Marines that didn't really like his character much were like the typical Marines hollywood cooks up. They work together, play together and are loyal to anyone who proves they deserve it. They were lovable men with guns and I believed that.
But the movie was poorly written, too much information in too little time and whoever wrote this movie didn't get the memo about making characters' names prounouncable by people who don't speek the language. There was a couple of recognizable faces in this movie but that didn't make it any better.
If you have some time to spare and you're bored--like guys, if you're waiting for your woman to figure out what she's going to wear that night and you have about an hour to spare, then give it a look see...It's actually okay--not a spectacular work of art but it's passable.