Sometimes the great thing about being a reviewer is getting nods or notices on reviewing items before they are released. One of the ones I’ve heard buzz about so quickly inquired about, was a screener for the upcoming straight to DVD-fare SNIPER: RELOADED.
The general plot as per IMDB is as follows:
While working with the UN Forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Marine Sgt. Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins), son of renowned sniper Thomas Beckett, receives orders to rescue a European farmer trapped in the middle of hostile rebel territory. When he and his men arrive at the farm, a mysterious sniper ambushes them, wounding Beckett and killing everyone else. With the help of his fathers former protégé, sniper instructor Richard Miller (Billy Zane), Beckett must learn to think like a sniper to track down the assassin before the sniper returns to finish the job. On top of this he must also track down the one who is giving the orders and reveal a conspiracy.
I’d be first to admit (I am big on knowing thyself) that I lift my nose up on straight-to-DVD/Blu-Ray-fare, but I’d be the first to admit when I am wrong.
I am wrong.
No, I’m pretty much wrong.
While the general synopsis of the back of the box doesn’t really need more explination than what is already provided, it goes a lot to say about how well done this film is. The acting is actually pretty good for what it is, which is a loud (and sometimes silent being it’s about snipers) fun romp with betrayal, conspircacy, war in a foreign land and of course, snipers. One of my favorite things to do in First Person Shooters is to be the sniper, and so maybe I’m leaning towards liking the movie anyway, but I’d also point out that I have NOT seen the original trilogy of films starting with Sniper starring Tom Berenger. I now wouldn’t mind seeing the other films.
Sniper: Reloaded is nothing but loads of fun, and minus a bad B-movie-like sex scene, (i.e. It just isn’t really needed in my opinion) the film has good direction, wonderful cinematography, and the acting is pretty decent too. And can I just say how weirdly awesome it is that surprisingly Chad Michael Collins looks like the actual son of Tom Berenger?! Really?! I mean it’s eerie. Billy Zane does some wonderful stuff here with the role, which he has a few lines that are clunkers or just don’t make sense in terms of the plot, but he makes it work, he sells it, and it’s nice to see Zane and Collins work a sniper rifle.
Overall, it’s an entertaining flick, if you like action flicks, and is great escapism entertainment. If you’re not a big action fan or don’t like popcorn films of any caliber, then I’d skip it, but then again, I’d say you’d be missing out.
This title will be released on April 26, 2011.
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