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Monday, April 02, 2007

GREENLIGHT #124: Shooter (with "The Perfect Storm" and "The Shootist")

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Ann and Les think Shooter (2007) is the most on-the-mark action movie they have seen in years. Both went to the film dragging their feet because, despite some good performances in the past, they just couldn't believe that Mark Wahlberg would be able to carry the movie. Turns out, he not only carries it but he runs the length of the field with it too. He was fantastic in a fantastic film. The screenply, written by Jonathan Lemkin from a novel by film critic Stephen Hunter , was packed with great and suspenseful storytelling without relying on foul language or excessive violence. The director, Antoine Fuqua , put together a seemless film and got wonderful performances from the likes of Michael Pena and Ned Beatty . For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another great performance by Mr. Wahlberg when he portrayed a boathand in The Perfect Storm (2000.) He plays the warm and friendly fisherman in contrast to the cocky annoying captain played smoothly by George Clooney. Ann recommends John Wayne's last film. He played an aging gunfighter who is diagnosed with a fatal disease by the town doc played by Jimmy Stewart while at the same time accepts a challenge from the new boys in town. Director Don Siegel took full advantage of the inherent drama in the man and the story in The Shootist (1976.)

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