Despite being called The sniper, the movie doesn’t have a lot of shootings going on. Instead of, The sniper is an action thriller that looks more like a Clint Eastwood movie than the next one Taken franchise. This is not surprising since director Robert Lorenz has a history with Eastwood. First, working alongside him as a producer and assistant director on films directed by Eastwood, then directing him in 2012. Problems with the curve.
Aside from the occasional action sequences, the burgeoning guardian / child relationship established between Jim (Liam Neeson) and Miguel (Jacob Perez) is the driving force behind the entire movie. Neeson is the gruff old man who lights up on his road trip with the child. Along the way, the two forge a deep relationship that feels won. In a way, it’s similar to Pixar’s basic premise Up but with more Mexican drug cartels. Yet its similarity to Up doesn’t mean it’s as good as the classic Pixar. The film is as generic, predictable and stereotypical as it gets. He strives to be a John Wick and Clint Eastwood hybrid, but falls short of those expectations.
If you’ve only seen his recent action movies (and not the fantastic Made in italy), you might forget that he was once an Oscar nominated actor. For the most part, Neeson spends most of the movie acting himself. There is even an effort for a Texan accent, but it doesn’t add up. Nevertheless, Neeson’s best work in Scorer it’s when he channels his interior Love, in fact because he works with the young Jacob Perez. Neeson’s charm and sympathy is fully visible when he acts by his side.
Overall, The sniper is not the most memorable of Liam Neeson’s films. Not to mention, he doesn’t do much to stand out from his other forgettable action flicks like The suburbs and The honest thief. Still, Scorer is still a useful thriller thanks to Neeson’s charming Eastwood-esque performance.
Film rating: 2.5 / 5 atoms
The sniper hits Blu-ray with 1080p MPEG-AVC in 2.39: 1 aspect ratio. White levels are crisp white with a warm tint. There is also no flowering in these bright areas – something you can see the texture of the clouds in the gray, cloudy sky. Black levels are deep black with no hints of crushing in shadows or night scenes. As for color saturation, they have a natural saturation that accentuates the natural beauty of the American countryside. There is softness around the edges of the actors, but the overall details are still crisp. Overall the video is superb.
Video Rating: 5/5 atoms
The sniper hits the Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Much of the audio mix is loaded on the front panel. Not to mention that the static sound score comes mainly from the front channels. Fortunately, there are subtle but distinct atmospheric effects that occur quite often. From the noise of the outdoor bar to the crickets and birds singing in the wild, you’ll find it adds a nice layer to the experience. Dialogue is crystal clear from the center speaker. Overall a good audio mix that lacks oomph.
Audio note: 4.5 / 5 atoms
The sniperBlu-ray Disc has the following special features on Blu-ray Disc:
- Behind the scenes of The sniper
Behind-the-scenes audio levels are not optimized, so there is a slight low-fidelity echo in the interviews. Sadly, the conversations themselves don’t delve deeply into the film’s production. It is above all a “feast of love”, where the actors and the crew speak positively about the people who worked on the film.
Evaluation of special characteristics: 1/5 atoms
Despite feeling like a Clint Eastwood movie, The sniper is yet another forgettable Liam Neeson actor. Video and audio are both equally good, but the special features are non-existent.
Overall rating: 3.5 / 5 atoms
The sniper hits stores on Blu-ray May 11.
This Blu-ray has been reviewed using a Retail / Advanced Unit supplied by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.