Plot: A top secret mission in Afghanistan went sideways, leading to a lot of problems for both the military brass and the soldiers involved. Now someone has the military leaders in their sights, putting a bullet into the men who were responsible for the failed mission in the first place. Given the nature of the kills, it is clear the rogue agent is someone of immense skill and when it comes to snipers, few are as skilled as legendary soldier Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger). He has been missing in action for years, but he is eyed as a potential suspect in the assassinations. His son Brandon (Chad Michael Collins) is certain that his father wouldn’t go rogue like this, so he seeks to clear his dad’s name and reveal the real assassin. When he learns that his father is still alive, he pushes to find him, but can he track an elite sniper like Thomas, especially one that doesn’t seem to want to be found?
Entertainment Value: This fifth installment in the Sniper series brings back Chad Michael Collins as Brandon, so the narrative continues, but the real news is the return of Tom Berenger, the original Sniper himself. His presence was missed in Sniper: Reloaded, so his return is a welcome one, even if it is a less substantial role. The story here makes sense in the Sniper world, with a rogue assassin on the loose and Beckett is in the middle of it all, of course. The pace is good and never feels slow, while action is a split between generic set pieces and the kind of sniper marksman moments the franchise was first build around. Although I wish the sniper segments were more frequent, I did appreciate some of the almost spy movie elements to the narrative, especially the exchanges between Berenger and Dennis Haysbert. Not great stuff, but a nice inclusion that added some spice to the Sniper formula, I think. Berenger is given a smaller role this time, but he is still a venerable presence and him being here adds a lot to Sniper: Legacy. Collins is passable, while Haysbert is good, but not given much to do. I had fun with this sequel and for fans of the series, is a solid installment.
No nakedness. This one is all about the action and intrigue of military ops, so no time for romance in this volume. The movie has frequent shootouts and as such, some blood is present from time to time. Most of the scenes result in minor or no bloodshed, as the camera doesn’t linger on wounds. But the finale offers up a couple of nice spots, with two brutal shots that are quite memorable. Some of the blood is CGI, which is a let down, but it looks better than the usual b movie visual effects. A creative, memorable kill in that final stretch earns a couple points for the movie here. The dialogue here is decent, with the Berenger/Haysbert banter as the highlight, but aside from some minor tough guy talk, not much is memorable. No craziness here, Sniper: Legacy is a straightforward action flick.
Overall Insanity: 0/10