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04/26/2007 Archived Entry: "Recent movie based on "Point of Impact""
HEY! THE RECENT MOVIE, SHOOTER appears to be based on one of my favorite novels, Stephen Hunter's Point of Impact.
It stars Mark Wahlberg who -- whatever you might say about his political attitudes -- is one of the best and most underappreciated actors in the business. (I saw him just last night in The Departed, a movie that simply burst with great acting, and he absolutely owned every scene he appeared in.)
He plays sniper Bob Lee Swagger in what sounds like an updated version of Hunter's story (here Swagger is a veteran of an illegal war in Ethiopia instead the second most prolific Marine sniper in Vietnam after a fictionalized "Carl Hitchcock"). Unfortunately, critics don't seem to have liked it. Oh well. Still worth a night of Netflix ...
Posted by Claire @ 12:44 PM CST