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- Apr 4, 2017
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Oh dear. Does anyone remember a solid little movie called Sniper back in 1993 starring Tom Berenger. I remember it as being a good little action movie that really didn’t try to be anything but dumb fun. Tom Berenger was never a massive leading man, but he eeked out a living as a lower end B movie star, and did quite well for himself. However he found his little money maker with the Sniper films, as that original theatrical movie spawned not 1, not 2, not 3, but SEVEN direct to video sequels over the last 20 years, ending up with the 7th sequel right here today.
Past number 3 Berenger pretty much checked out of the series. He was getting older and more sluggish, and couldn’t play the action packed character as much anymore. It was then that the studios decided that he had a son in the military as well. A son (played by Chad Michael Collins) who was nearly as good of a sniper as his dad and could carry on the franchise (even though Berenger always plays a background character in the last 4 films). It was a way to push the series forward while still keeping fans of the original movie connected with these new ones.
Like the rest, Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins) is in trouble. He’s been setup by a mysterious group of men who make it seem like he took out a politician. His DNA was at the scene, the gun was his style, and he didn’t have an alibi. Now Brandon has to bust out of NSA hands, kick some butt, and find out who set him up and eliminate them. However, things get a bit dicey when it’s obvious that this someone knows exactly who he is and how he things. Brandon is forced to team up with his father Thomas Beckett (the actual star of the first 3 Sniper movies) and face an enemy who knows who his is, and has a sniper on his tail that is just as good as he is.
Berenger is aging and it’s obvious that he’s barely interested in the franchise anymore. The man has always been rather stoic and bland (ala a 2nd tier Nick Nolte), but it’s pretty obvious that he’s phoning it in. Chad Michael Collins does a solid enough job as his son Brandon, but he’s your typical DTV actor. Even veteran actors Ryan Robbins and Lochlyn Munro can’t really elevate the film simply due to the fact that their stories are superfluous to the rest of movie almost. Basically, this is a jumbled mess that is typical of most franchises that have gotten WAY too long in the tooth.
Rated R for bloody violence and some language
Yup, not hard to guess. Sniper: Assassin’s End is bottom tier DTV and nothing is going to make it any better than it is. Tom Berenger is barely hanging on at this point, and the action is pretty mediocre (even by Sniper standards). There’s one nifty scene near the end, but the rest is forgettable drek. The Blu-ray itself is solid enough in terms of video and audio, but extras are pretty much nonexistent. Simply put, I would just skin this one unless you’re a die hard fan of the Sniper franchise and watched the rest up till this point.
Starring: Tom Berenger, Chad Michael Collins, Sayaki Akimoto, Ryan Robbins, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Jonsson
Directed by: Kaare Andrews
Written by: Oliver Thompson
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1,
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: June 16th, 2020
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Recommendation: Skip It