Plot: Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger) is an old school soldier, but his skills are still relevant, even as tech advances change warfare around him. Inside a high end combat simulator, he manages to pull off a kill shot that is supposed to be impossible, proving he can best even a machine. So while some see him as a dusty relic of a bygone era, when a mission comes in that requires the best, Beckett is always the man who is called in to do the impossible. Once again the government needs a dangerous target neutralized, so he is sent deep into Vietnam to do what he does best, but this time around, he has more than just the usual problems to deal with. His target is a man who saved his life and even if he has gone rogue, Beckett struggles with the idea of pulling the trigger, though he is as steadfast to complete his mission as ever. But the mission proves to be more complicated than ever, testing both Beckett’s skills as a soldier and his resolve to follow orders, putting him in the most dangerous situation of his life.
Entertainment Value: The third installment of Sniper takes Tom Berenger out of the jungles and into an urban war zone, with an even stronger emphasis on generic action than the last sequel. I think this approach was a mistake, as it removes the core of what made the original Sniper such a solid movie. This turn to full generic action strips the “one shot, one kill” mantra and except for one sequence at the finale, marksmanship is never a focus here. The pace is fine and some of the actions is decent, but the most memorable scene involves a sniper shot, which should have clued in the filmmakers to lean more on that aspect of the action. This just feels like a run of the mill b action movie, not a real Sniper sequel, outside of Berenger’s involvement. He is the bright spot here, as he brings his rugged, weary soldier routine and is fun to watch, especially when his old school tactics are emphasized. Byron Mann is decent, but his martial arts skills seem out of place here and he isn’t given much to do. The rest of the cast is forgettable, so outside of Berenger, there’s not much to recommend here. Unless you’re a huge fan of the Sniper franchise, you can safely skip this third volume.
No nakedness. Beckett is in love with his gun, not the ladies and as such, the lack of romance is never a concern. The movie has frequent bursts of action and plenty of shootouts, but most yield little to no bloodshed. A few wounds produce minor blood at times, but most of the gunfire hits with no blood and the camera sweeps by, so we don’t see much of the aftermath. Some blade work and even an impalement arise, but again, none of it is all that splashy or blood soaked. Just some old soldier talk and a couple fun villain tirades, but not much else in terms of memorable dialogue. Berenger never was a one liner machine in these movies however, so that is no surprise. As for craziness, not much here stands out as wild or memorable. Some interesting elements, such as the simulation, but nothing out of the ordinary goes down.
Overall Insanity: 0/10