So, Haliburton HQ picked up and moved to Dubai, eh? Hmmmm. Maybe
someone in the executive hierarchy saw the sneak preview of "Shooter" and
finally got a clue how much the public
would like to see them receive a few
well-placed bullets and decided it was time get out of Dodge.
What? Big powerfull barons of the machinery of gov't and the economy
scared of a movie? Well, movies are often reflections of the public mood, and
moods sometimes morph into ideas, which can evolve into action,...and when the
action depicted in a major Hollywood picture climaxes with characters obviously
based on Dick Cheney and his Halliburton pals getting plugged full of lead by a
rightiously indignant patriot;...well yeah, that might cause some of those guys
to snort a little brandy down the wrong pipe and hack and cough to catch their
breath. (I rather like that mental image, actually.)
Mark Wahlberg plays a Marine Scout Sniper (some of the most highly
trained killers the U.S. military produces) who on an officially non-existant
mission in Ethiopa loses his partner and best friend. 3
years later, Wahlberg is
out of the Marines and just trying to live a quiet life up on a mountain in the
wilderness in a cabin, with just him, his trusty dog and the internet. (I'm
guessing he has satellite service.) He has learned that the world is filled with
lies,...most of them government lies,...and this is part of the reason he is no
longer a Marine and wants to be alone. He seems to be content.
But unannounced, Danny Glover visits him on the mountaintop. Glover is
one of those formerly military guys who has laterally
transferred into the
executive branch, working for one of the alphabet soup agencies that drive the
dark suburbans with deep tinted windows and who wear reflective aviator
sunglasses. Somehow, a threat against the President of the United States has
been uncovered,...partially. Glover knows some sort of master sniper is planning
to make an attempt on the President soon. He also knows that the assasin was
inside information on the President's movements and other sensative info. The
inside source is unknown. For this reason, regular means of taking preventative
measures can't be done without possibly alerting the inside guy. Glover has come
to see if Wahlberg will act as a consultant (outside regular channels and off
the record, of course) to try and determine how he might do the deed if Wahlberg
were the shooter. With such analysis in hand, it would be that much easier to
thwart and/or capture the real shooter.
At first, Wahlberg tells Glover to stick it in his congressional
backside. "But I don't like the President.", he tells Glover. "Didn't like the
last one much either." Yet, Wahlberg still has a spark of patriotism at his
core. If something did happen to the President, and he did nothing to prevent
it, how would he live with himself? Against his instincts, he takes the
But of course, the fact that he's a disillusioned, bitter combat vet
loner who reads alternative press and believes the government lies regularly
makes him absolutely perfect for Glover's REAL reason he has hired him. Because,
if you haven't figured it out by now, Wahlberg is supposed to be a patsy. A mix
of Oswald and McViegh. On the day when it is believed the mythical sniper is
most likely to make an attempt on the President, the black bag boys shoot
Wahlberg,...twice,...but with poor marksmanship, and Wahlberg escapes. Now on
the run and framed for the shooting, there aren't many places he can go. But he
was trained to escape and evade, to survive,...to turn in toward the enemy and
engage and fight. (There is a very real lesson here;...if you shoot a Marine,
make sure he's dead, or you will be S-O-R-R-Y!!)
Along the way, Wahlberg forms an unlikely alliance with an FBI agent
he had to violently disarm and take his weapon and car from.
The agent knows
something is just not right with the case against Wahlberg which just comes
together far too easily and not very logically. About to lose his job with the
bureau, the agent decides he might as well throw his lot in with nation's most
wanted man and make a
desperate gambit to see if they can find out who really is
behind all this.
And so it is that they discover the 6-term Senator from Wyoming, who
is obviously meant to resemble Dick Cheney (he even goes bird-hunting and
drinking, like Dick) and played by Ned Beaty, is at the center of this cabal.
What kind of cabal, you ask? Oh, nothing out of the ordinary. Just your average
bunch of corrupted elected and unelected types who pervert the tools of
government and power to make money and try to run the world sort of thing.
Nothing unusual, really.
So Wahlberg gets the goods on these bad dudes (but has to shoot a
bunch of guys and blow up much of the Tennessee countryside to do it), saves the
girl (its Hollywood, there HAS to be a girl) and dutifully hands everything over
to the FBI. Geez,...some guys just have to keep learning the hard way.
Obviously, the Justice Dept. is manipulated behind the scenes just enough that
the truly guilty people go free, but so does Wahlberg after he demonstrates
rather dramatically that his rifle could not have fired the fatal shot.
And this is where is gets scary for the Halliburton types out there,
reading their secret advance copy of the script. (WARNING: Plot ending about to
As Beaty and Glover sip cognac around a cozy fireplace, laughing at
how they have once again pulled the strings of government to see their own asses
pulled out of the fire and their billion-dollar ill-gotten ventures secured, a
black-clad ninja-like figure assaults the house, killing nearly everyone before
anyone realizes what's happening. Finally, cowering in fear of his life, yet
indignant that he has been reduced to this, Dick Cheney's Hollywood
representation spits back at Wahlberg, "I am a United States Senator!!!!"
And would you believe the audience cheered? Scout's
honor. Maybe there is hope for the electorate after all?
Had the movie not had that nifty ending, I might rate this film at 3.5
or 4 stars. But whenever a movie shows the 2nd Amendment being used rightiously
for its intened purpose, that's just an automatic 5 stars. The special effects
could have been so crappy that you see the wires holding the plane in the air,
and it would still get a 5. I'm a sucker that way.
Now if the guys who made this flick can just be talked into doing a
plot revolving around jury nullification....
If total government
control equals safety, why are prisons so dangerous?
"A good friend will
come bail you out of jail.... But a true friend will be sitting next to you
saying "Dang... WE screwed up!"
A sociopath can never do anything wrong,
no matter how hard they try,...sorta like a government.
"In the beginning
of change, the patriot is a scarce man; brave hated and scorned. When his cause
succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a
patriot." Mark Twain
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in
India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the
"(conservatives) don't have the cojones for freedom any
more. The mere existence of libertarians wounds their poor, shriveled souls,
because, by supporting the right wing socialist policies of George W. Bush, they
have cravenly surrendered to the left wing socialism of Hillary Clinton." L.