Sniper 3 (2004) Review:

First TV, now straight to video.

Sniper? Check.
Sniper? Check.

Cast: Tom Berenger, Bryan Mann, John Doman, etc…

Director: P.J. Pesce

Runtime: 90 minutes

Plot (taken from IMDb): Deadly sniper Tom Beckett is recruited by the CIA to go to Ho Chi Minh City and take out a ruthless drug dealer who turns out to be an old war buddy he thought was dead.

Sniper 3 is stupid, simple and does what it says on the box – there are at least 3 shots of a sniper in the film, but who knew this film existed, let alone four more?

Sniper 3 is a cheap movie, with bog-standard production values, crappy acting and some effort of plot: oh look, an old sniper dude goes on one last mission to kill… his old army buddy? How will he do this? Will he do it? Is there enough sniping?

The answer to the last question is yes, this Tom Beckett (Tom Berenger) is a pro and there are a couple of neat, gruesome trick shots. Indeed, the violence is quite gratifying and kinda makes the film enjoyable enough.

However, the rest of the film, when it attempts to focus more on moral dilemmas and the plot, that kind of thing, it becomes oh so dull and uninteresting. Sniper 3 is one of the least adventurous films I have ever seen – kind of to be expected when it the third entry to a random franchise that nobody really wanted that was straight to video.

Despite this, Sniper 3 is just about entertaining enough to watch once for a bit of a laugh, and there is one fight scene that makes the whole film almost worth it.

Summary:

Sniper 3 doesn’t deserve a long review really, not enough stands out in any way imaginable. It’s such a bog-standard cheap action film with absolutely no merit, a film that doesn’t try anything exceptional; although the violence is quite neat.

Watch Sniper 3 if you want, it almost doesn’t feel like a waste of time… I guess.

38/100

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