My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Rating >> “Thrilling and well made action sequences!”
Films don’t open much better than The Sniper. On a dark, rainy night, two snipers sit perched in a tree, their sights trained on the men inside a hut. The scene shifts and two uniformed cops come upon a suspicious vehicle, turning their attention to the very same hut. In the ensuing stand-off, uniformed cop O.J. displays his superior marksmanship by killing the thug holding his partner hostage with a clean shot through the eye. Impressed by O.J.’s skills, SDU Sniper Team leader Hartman offers him a spot in his unit.
Meanwhile, Hartman’s former colleague Lincoln earns his release from prison after serving four years for manslaughter. Believing his conviction to be the result of evidence withheld by Hartman, Lincoln sets out to take revenge on his rival: first, by taking Hartman’s daughter hostage, and then by luring Hartman and new partner O.J. into a re-enactment of his downfall. A deadly triangle soon emerges between the three men as O.J. becomes fascinated with Lincoln’s skills while still bound by Hartman’s rules. Featuring a series of frenetic set pieces choreographed with nail-biting intensity, director Dante Lam continues his mastery over the action flick in The Sniper.