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REVIEW: Sniper: Legacy (2014) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Sniper: Legacy (2014)

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Runtime: 98 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: An exceptionally hideous and cheap looking DTV movie with poor script and directing

When I see a sniper movie with Tom Berenger on the cover, the last thing I want is a movie with Berenger in it for about one third of the duration, complete with bush-league rap music.  “BOOM, we locked and loaded”, yelled the angry gangster going through his lyrics.  Yes, I actually listened closely to see if this ‘art’ might somehow contribute to the movie, giving Don Michael Paul the benefit of the doubt.  It turns out that it did not.  Worse, this is possibly the ugliest DTV in history, filmed mostly in Bulgarian garbage dumps.  To top that all off it has a nonsensical screenplay.

The story in this movie doesn’t make sense.  A CO goes after a rogue killer taking out famous snipers, then proceeds to tell the son of one of the victims (Chad Michael Collins, carrying the ‘legacy’ of his father’s work) about it before warning him not to get in the way of his top secret mission to take out said killer. In that case, why tell him in the first place? You just guaranteed that the son will interfere and screw with your own operation.  So, you’re hunting a rogue sniper, with an additional sniper trying to do the same thing, stalking your team – common sense dictates that your team will probably kill him by mistaking him for target.  Excellent screenwriting.

Worse is the director’s eyeball for succinct and coherent action – or lack thereof.  The first big action sequence in the movie is a disaster, with Don Michael Paul in way over his head.  It’s completely bewildering, where you don’t know who is shooting at what, or why.  I’m not talking about shaking cameras here, rather a complete lack of spatial coherence.  Tom Berenger of course isn’t even involved, his extended cameo doesn’t begin until one hour in.  The setting by the way, is Syria, probably the first movie to tackle that civil war.  This means that the abolute worst locations of Bulgaria are used – landfills and dumps, the types of places people sneak into to relieve themselves of an old couch or broken dishwasher.  The idea is to recreate a ‘warzone’, see, but it isn’t fooling anyone.  It’s hideously cheap, possibly the ugliest ever DTV.

I always like watching Tom Berenger, no matter what he is in.  A true manly man.  I’d give this movie some props simply for his presence and the fact that Berenger will never phone it in, regardless of how dire the production is.  There’s also a cool Jackal-style automatic .50 sniper rifle, controlled by the bad guy’s smartphone.  That was cool.  But otherwise, say no to this shit.  Enough.  This is barely even a movie, even for DTV standards things are deteriorating badly.

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10 Comments

  1. mucho macho

    September 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Sad to read this.
    1) i written this b4 , but wtf is it is producers & Bulgaria nowadays!?!?
    Do they let u shoot people in front of the camera there for real?!
    Do u get blown by the stewardess on the plane if u go make a movie there?!
    Seriously, what the fuck is it?!
    2) If Billy Zane already appeared again in 1 of the “Sniper” movies..why not have Berenger & Zane make a true “Sniper” sequel?
    3) agree with u about Berenger.he is underused & underrated if u ask me..
    ” Shoot to Kill” is a cool flick of his..& also he was fucking $$$$$$ in ” Major League” ..
    Love that fucking movie!!

  2. S93

    September 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    It’s from the director of Steven Seagal’s aptly titled PG-13 “Half Past Dead”, no surprise at all this movie sounds terrible. Good review, Knight.

  3. Cyrus

    September 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Tom Berenger deservesr better than this.

  4. John Bow

    September 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The reason movies get made in Bulgaria is the same reason movies get made in Romania, Czech. Slovakia and Hungary. The same reason why movies set in LA get shot in Vancouver. Money. Unless its a big budget movie when it don’t matter, you slash your labor costs. The crews in those countries are experienced and have a long history of film making – and come at a fraction of the cost. You also get a variety of locations and less red tape. It doesn’t stand that just because a US movie is made outside of the US that it is a bad movie, but it does stand that it is probably a lower budget one. That doesn’t mean bad.

    As for Sniper. I watched it on a not great stream and I thought it was good. Not brilliant. But a good entertaining 90 mins or so. Story thins out a bit towards the end, become a chase n kill. But cast were great, action sequences great, nice to see Berenger sniping again. Guns looked good n real. Cinematography was cool. Music and sound top notch. Thought locations worked well. Dirty and grimy n real. And anyways, it was partly shot in Santorini so I read.

    • Cyrus

      September 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      I’m sorry but I watched it too and this comment is so far removed from what is in this movie that I wonder what the hell you’re talking about. The first two thirds of the movie were shot in hideous wastegrounds. We all know going to Bulgaria is to cut costs but theres no excuse for what has appeared in this movie and its movies like this that are giving this kind of thing a bad reputation.

      John Hyams filmed a good movie out of this type of locale but this was sucky not because of Bulgaria but poor film making.

  5. John Bow

    September 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Well. hey, guess what – wars sometimes happen in hideous waste-grounds. We’ll just have to disagree. I enjoyed it. You didn’t.

  6. mucho macho

    September 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

    ☆Irony☆= Hollywood producers & studio execs are always yelling , screaming, ordering , telling people to pay more taxes.
    TAX THE RICH they always say..& yet they are always moving productions accross the world because of>>>> u guessed it ~ TAX CUTS.

  7. BunGee Jumpa

    September 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hey, saw this last night. This review does not describe the film what I saw. Harsh. Maybe I was in the right mood. Maybe you was in the wrong mood! Great to see another Sniper movie. This is the best one since 3.

    • The_Night_Rider

      September 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      I’m sure that your IP and location being identical to John Bow’s is a coincidence, right?

  8. BunGee Jumpa

    September 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    We’re traveling together! Buddies. Same hotel. No coincidence. Different people. Same taste! Bad probably.