Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sniper Reloaded Movie Review

Sniper Reloaded:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment invites action fans to step into the line of fire as SNIPER: RELOADED debuts on Blu-ray and DVD this April 26, 2011. Billy Zane (Sniper) reprises his role as Richard Miller, from the original Sniper film, for this explosively entertaining new chapter.

Brandon Beckett, on a deadly mission to stop a mysterious sniper targeting innocent civilians. Co-starring rising star Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, along with action stalwart Richard Sammel (Casino Royale, Inglourious Basterds), SNIPER: RELOADED offers next generation thrills and a kill-or-be-killed intensity Sniper fans won't want to miss.

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 father’s 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.

What I Can Tell You: I have never seen Sniper from 1993 starring Tom Berenger but my husband had. He originally thought this was that movie until we sat down to watch and he wondered were Billy Zane was. Billy doesn't show up until almost 40 minutes in.

Ok, so here is what I know. Berenger played a Marine sniper Thomas Beckett. In this movie Chad Michael Collins plays Brandon Beckett, the son of Thomas Beckett who is following in his fathers foot steps although there was some obvious "daddy anger issues" and he is not yet a sniper. (added note: Check out Chad Michael's blog for an interesting diary of the making of this movie.)

Brandon's troop was ambushed while on a peacekeeping mission by a sniper and he is left as the only survivor. While they prepare for their next mission of finding the sniper assassin. Billy Zane's Character, Richard Miller, who was trained by Thomas Beckett back in the day, returns to aid Brandon on learning how to be a sniper. Brandon is not interested until Richard suddenly appears in Congo much to Brandon's chagrin.

I am not at all familiar with Chad Michael Collins but his face looked very familiar. Maybe that is because he looks like Berenger. I would have liked to see more gunfire and a sex scene that lasted over 3 minutes however for a straight to DVD movie, this wasn't half bad. The best parts of the movie featured Billy Zane who was great in his matter of fact, straight up delivery! If there is another, please bring back Billy!

SNIPER: RELOADED was directed by Claudio Faeh (Hollow Man II) from a story by Ross Helford and John Fasano and a screenplay by John Fasano (upcoming Hostel: Part III, Darkness Falls). It was produced by Faeh and David Wicht (upcoming Dark Tide, The Last House on the Left) with Executive Producers Derek Power and JS Cardone It has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and has been rated R for bloody violence, language and brief sexuality.

To Purchase: Sniper: Reloaded [Blu-ray]

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary DVD from Sony Pictures for my honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. I assume Billy Zane's character was killer at the end ?


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