#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Brandon Beckett the son of Master Gunnery Sargent Thomas Beckett while serving as a UN peace keeper and government trainer is assigned the task to rescue a European farmer located in the middle of hostile rebel territory. Upon arrival a mysterious sniper ambushes them, wounding Beckett and killing everyone else. Becket returns to his base and desires to seek revenge by killing the sniper. during his time on the base Beckett becomes involved with British Army Lieutenant Ellen Abramowitz. Beckett Also meets his father’s former protégé, sniper instructor Richard Miller.
Plot: Brandon Beckett (Collins), the son of the previous Sniper film’s star Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger), takes up the mantle set by his father and goes on a mission of his own.
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An unexpected gift to the fans! Make another one!
I kinda feared a disaster coming when I first heard about this movie only a couple of months before its release. No Berenger, at all. Some guy I never heard of playing his son. However Billy Zane’s involvement sounded promising(although it had the taste of ‘we couldn’t get Berenger, so here have Zane instead’) The trailer looked solid but showed absolutely nothing that could probably have promised quality of the first Sniper.
After having watched the final product, I have to admit that I enjoyed it. A lot. Chad Michael Collins plays a charismatic character but underacts in some situations for my taste(final kill). His physical appearance is very close to Berenger’s. Think of Bruce Li in Bruceploitation terms 😉 Billy Zane has just enough screen time to qualify his second name listing in the credits. He comes a lot more likable than in the first movie and has some gory kills and cool one-liners. The remaining characters also do their jobs pretty well considering their limited screen time.
The script is nothing special but so were the scripts for the first 3 movies. It pays a lot of homages to its predecessors for example in some kills and camera shots. It’s clear that the makers have seen the original movies and were trying hard to bring the most enjoyable elements from those movies into the reboot. The typical “mission went wrong, fight on your own, cover up a conspiracy” element is there. As usual for the snipers series the main bad guys are not evil ‘just because the script says so’ but have realistic motivations. The sex scene comes out of nowhere but is needed to make some later plot points more realistic. This surely could have been made in a more fluent and less forced way.
The camera work is solid. The shaky cam is nowhere as annoying and overused as in a lot of new action movies ala The Expendables. There are some beautiful landscape shots and the locations are always exciting to look at. The mounted on the weapon camera angle is competently done for a movie of this budget league, although admittedly somewhat less impressive in the year 2011 than in 1998. The action scenes are shot furiously. Like in the first 3 movies there are not many of them, but when they come, they come with a bang. The more dialog-heavy scenes in between always have something going on and never feel like boring padding. Some weak points of the action scenes is that the baddies seem to like to run towards the sniper’s hideout without shooting just to be easily killed instead of trying to hide. Maybe they are just in panic, don’t get where the shots are coming from and think that they are running from the shots and not into them. Maybe it’s the director’s fault, both possibilities are realistic.
The soundtrack is nowhere as subtle-but-memorable as Gary Chang’s soundtrack in the first two movies and also not as melancholic as the American Beautyesque soundtrack of the third Sniper movie. It sounds generic however it fits to the mood of the slower scenes and gets more energetic in the action scenes. It still manages to play a couple of similar tunes to the Chang version. Not much to complain about.
In conclusion I have to say that the Sniper series treated their fans way better than other series based on movies from the 90ies(see Darkman, Anaconda, Operation Delta Force). They might not be masterpieces and surely the Sniper sequels have been criticized for some factual errors in their plots/weapons/locations. In these regards “Sniper: Reloaded” may not be different. However for fans it is a great reboot of a series that just could not have survived with an aging Tom Berenger. I would never had thought that I would say that but: Introducing Beckett’s son to series was probably the best solution in order to being able to continue the series. With Billy Zane the producers have established connection to an important character from the first movie. While the movie never feels like it belongs into the cinemas, it is obvious that everyone involved put huge effort into making the final result as good as possible. Which sadly is not that common in today’s DTV movies.
Ratings Sniper: Reloaded 8/10 (with a possible fan-boy bonus of 1.5-2 points 🙂 )
For reference: Sniper 1: 9.5/10 Sniper 2: 6/10 Sniper 3: 6.5/10
With that in mind: Make another one!
More significant than the past two sequels
For the most part, any film that relates itself to a franchise by having the words “Son of” end up doing horrible with fans and audiences. Son of the Mask (2005) is a perfect example of this type of fail. And then there are the few that actually respect their elders instead of jumping all over them. Sniper: Reloaded is exactly what it implies in the title; Berenger’s out, time to bring in his “son” to fill in the shoes. And it’s done almost perfectly to that of the first Sniper (1993).
This “fourquel”, as some would call it, is about the story of Sgt. Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins) who decides to fill in for his legendary father, Master Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Beckett, played by Tom Berenger in the past three films. Collins looks astonishingly similar to that of Berenger and it was stroke of luck that he acts just like him too. Thank you Christa Schamberger for casting Collins, you’re great! And that’s just one actor to be thankful for.
Then there’s the character of Richard Miller (Billy Zane) who is now overgrown looking and has receding hair. So much for what he used to be! Now he’s back to help Beckett’s son become a sniper. And it’s an honor to see Zane’s character as the father figure in this film. This is the duo that made this franchise a hit and it’s gratifying to see Richard Miller reciprocating what he learned to Tom Beckett’s son. Not mention the fact that Zane makes his character so nonchalant yet charismatic. I laughed at a lot of the lines Miller had to say. It was fun to see him again.
The way John Fasano configured the script was cleverly written. There are some many juicy hints and references that will fans cringing with joy. Right at the beginning fans will even see a military record of Tom Beckett with an authenticated picture. Sweet. The audience will even learn why Brandon Beckett joined the marines. A specific character mentions even the line “One shot, two kills”. Ahhh the memories! One thing that disappointed me was that even with all these clues, the truth to what happened to Thomas Beckett is left unmarked. Why? I guess the only thing we can assume is that since Berenger did not reprise the role, the character of Beckett Sr. is dead too. Oh well.
Like the past two sequels, the sniper franchise has moved to an action genre and has abandoned the thriller part of it. That still annoyed me but for what it’s worth, this particular action was more entertaining than Sniper 2 (2002) or Sniper 3 (2004) put together. The carnage was turned up too which was a nice touch. It made the warfare more fun to watch. Credit to director Claudio Fäh, also director of far less entertaining Hollow Man 2 (2006) for the action sequences. His direction was much better than the Hollow Man sequel.
The scenery is great too. Sniper 2 (2002) was in the midst of a city and it didn’t seem as real for a sniper to be taking out enemies there than in a Panamanian jungle. Sniper 3 (2004) had some of that but still failed to elevate it much higher. But Sniper: Reloaded is all filmed in the African Sahara. The audience will even get to see live animals; simply beautiful. Both Mark Sayfritz and Marcus Trumpp had an enjoyable musical soundtrack. Of course since this is a direct-to-video sequel it won’t be released, but it does feel authentic and not just random notes put together.
Finally, as love interests go, I’d say it didn’t have to be penned in but it did help make a good subplot. Annabel Wright plays Beckett’s secret lover, Lt. Ellen Abramowitz, who helps him find the bad guys and take them out. I’m not sure why a sex scene was obligatory to have in the running time though. I guess it was that the story revolved around Collins, and because he’s hunk, he’s suppose to have sex with a fairly attractive military chick? I don’t know. But overall I was very pleased with the outcome and it even leaves itself open for another sequel, which hopefully will happen with the same cast from this movie.
Aside the few nit-picks, Sniper: Reloaded is hard not to enjoy. The story, action, music, script and atmosphere by far surpass the last two sequels.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 31 min (91 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Director Claudio Fäh
Writer Michael Frost Beckner (based on characters created by), Crash Leyland (based on characters created by), John Fasano (screenplay by), Ross Helford (story by), John Fasano (story by)
Actors Chad Michael Collins, Richard Sammel, Annabel Wright, Billy Zane
Country South Africa, USA, Germany
Production Company Stage 6 Films
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format N/A