Shooter (TV Series) – premiere Tuesday November 15, 2016 – reviewed by George

The movie “Shooter” with Mark Wahlberg is one of my favorite films, so I made a point to record this TV premiere and today I watched it. Man, it’s great.
It stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, the shooter; Shantel Vansanten as his wife Julie; Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Nadine Memphis, an FBI agent; Eddie McClintock as Jack Payne, a Secret Service agent; and Omar Epps as Isaac Johnson, a Secret Service dude who happens to be both a great fan of Bob Lee and his success as a sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Head of the President’s Advance Team.
As head of that team he seeks Bob Lee out for his help and tells him that a CIA agent was killed in a forest in Virginia – the hide was found some 1400 yards away and there was no evidence of multiple shots. Incredible work at that distance. And in the victim’s jacket pocket they found a letter to the President saying that he will be executed in 21 days at the Seattle Science and Robotic Center. The incredible shot, worthy of Bob Lee himself, has led them to the conclusion that T. Sokolov is the killer. He is the Chechen sniper who shot Bob Lee in the hip and killed his buddy Donny.
So Bob Lee, who lives with his wife and daughter in the woods of Washington state, travels to Seattle to scout out what he thinks will be Sokolov’s most likely plan. He gives Isaac his ideas and goes home. On the day of the President’s motorcade/visit he and his wife are there to see the President and to see Sokolov get captured or killed. And as Bob Lee looks around, he realizes that he was wrong; Sokolov’s plan is different.
The last 5 minutes of the show were heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and I think this will be a fantastic program. I am looking forward to every episode. And I really admire the opening sequence where Bob Lee defends wildlife and the game laws of Washington state.
“Guns change everything. And a bullet is forever.”

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