“Shooter” is as disturbing as it is well made. I knew “Shooter” was well written when I heard the dialog: “I’m a United States Senator!” exclaims Senator Charles F. Meachum (Ned Beatty). “Exactly!” responds Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg). This dialog captures the total unsettling premise of the film. A bitter reality that Bob Lee Swagger feels is totally wrong and has the guts to do something about. A story that tells a disturbing tale about government that is most likely, I’m afraid, closer to reality than fiction.
The film is violent because it revolves around men without conscience with far too much power and latitude. Though violent and graphic in parts, Antoine Fuqua does a good job at keeping it from going over the top.
This is another film where Hollywood could release an edited version that would do well since the storyline, acting, directing and writing are first rate. But this version is definitely out for the family audience due to language and violence.