A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. After being double crossed for the attempt and on the run, he sets out for the real killer and the truth.
Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Medal of Honor recipient, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia.Written by
The sudden cut to the Montana Senator shows him firing a shotgun near the camera in hunting gear, very similar to Dick Cheney. See more »
SPOILER: shooting the archbishop while he is with the US President draws too much attention, and ensures the killing happens in a high-security zone.
And it is indeed absurd that people would believe the assassin would shoot the wrong person. A freakish coincidence if he aimed at one man and shot another well away. Real conspirators would never be so foolish. See more »
Some television airings use alternate takes with less blood and gore. For example, when Swagger shoots Payne in the hand, it is shown in a wide shot, instead of the bloody closeup in the theatrical release. And when Swagger shoots Payne again, instead of Payne's arm being blown off, as in the theatrical release, he is hit in the shoulder and simply falls down in a wide shot. See more »
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
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Entertaining action film with controversial viewpoints
Although not accurate all the way, this film is one of the more realistic action thrillers I've seen. It's one of the few films where the main character actually spends a lot of time taking care of just two gun shot wounds (without vital organs being hit), one of the few films that puts governmental corruption in a more or less correct perspective, one of the few films where the lone hero needs a sidekick to help him with the planning, etc. On top of that, the film is entertaining from beginning to end and character motives are believable.
But then again.... this film is not for everyone. Left wing supporters are likely to be offended by its pro-gun message. American right wing supporters are likely to be offended by the strong anti-US government viewpoints clearly expressed in this film. Pro-constitution anti-federal government paleoconservatives and right wingers outside of the US without an in depth knowledge of sniper rifles are probably the only ones to enjoy this film to the fullest. And boy oh boy, how little are they in number... which probably explains why this film did not become the blockbuster hit it could have been.
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