Reviews, REVIEWS: Action & Thrillers — May 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

REVIEW: Sniper: Special Ops (2016)


At times, it may seem that Steven Seagal just continues to get more and more lazy with each new upcoming film. Luckily for some of his fans, Seagal is not trying out any new tricks (as changing action to drama). On the other hand, the fact that Seagal sticks to action movies, doesn’t necessarily mean he is doing action himself.

Sadly, this is the case with “Sniper: Special Ops.”

The film opens up with a group of US soldiers (including sniper Jake Chandler, played by Seagal), going on a rescue mission in a small village in Afghanistan. While Seagal’s character calmly kills a few unsuspecting terrorists, the rest of the team manage to find the captured US congressman.

The extraction operation is a success, except for the fact that the team is forced to leave without their sniper, who refuses to leave the wounded team member. Naturally, the team will have to come back for their sniper, as hardly stands a chance against a group of armed terrorists.

So, when was the last time you remember someone coming back to save Steven Seagal?

In any case, the next 30-35 minutes or so, the film drags through a bunch of painfully long scenes and dull dialogues between the soldiers.

Along the way we are introduced to a cute daughter of an US Army admiral, who happens to be an expert shooter herself, and a refugee who turns out to be the daughter of a leading terrorist.

So, the team, led by Sergeant Vic Mosby (Tim Abell) returns to the village for Chandler, using the terrorist’s daughter as insurance.

Let’s not forget that this is a Steven Seagal movie, which means Steven Seagal’s character can’t be saved. And, believe it or not, this is exactly what happens. Once the team arrives in the village, somehow they happen to screw up big enough for Seagal’s character to start saving their lives instead.

Like already mentioned, while “Sniper: Special Ops” is marketed as a Steven Seagal vehicle, the star actor is barely 20 minutes in the whole film, in heavy army clothing, with glasses on, only has a limited amount of lines and doesn’t engage in any fights.

Familiar action movie faces Paul Logan and former WWE star Rob Van Dam are mostly wasted in the film, while Tim Abell from the “Soldiers of Fortune” fame is the only one who tries to carry the film on his shoulders, while Seagal calmly observes the surroundings with his sniper rifle.

Put Steven Seagal aside, and “Sniper: Special Ops” becomes another very mediocre DTV action flick that has to do with US soldiers in Afghanistan. Put Seagal back in – you get pretty much the same salad, along with Seagal basically doing nothing.


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