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SNIPER: Legacy (2014/Sony DVD)

Picture: C Sound: B Extras: D Film: C-

Sniper: Legacy is a 2014 direct-to-video action film and the fifth installment in the Sniper film series. It was preceded by Sniper, Sniper 2, Sniper 3 and Sniper: Reloaded - none of which I had heard of until seeing this film. Starring Tom Berenger, Chad Michael Collins, and Dennis Haybert - the film has a realistic look and decent production value yet has an unoriginal feel.

A rogue gunman is assassinating high-ranking military officers one by one. When Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins, Sniper: Reloaded) is informed his father, legendary shooter Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger) has been killed, Brandon springs into action to take out the perpetrator. But when his father rescues him from an ambush, Brandon realizes he's a pawn being played by his superiors to draw out the killer. It's up to the two men, bound by blood, to bring an end to the carnage.

The highlight of film is ironically its opening scene, where the killer takes out Nestor Seranno on a rooftop engaged in a heated conversation. Across the way, he has a sniper rifle cleverly rigged to his cell phone to shoot. Playing coy with Seranno (when playing on his cell phone with the rigged weapon) he casually states that he is texting his daughter. Enter a little background story on the killer and BOOM! The gun goes off.

Though after that great opening, the film gains an overall direct to video feel and it's hard to not think that Tom Berenger is doing a bad Mickey Rourke impression for the entire film. Some of the cinematography isn't bad but scenes that take place on sea are very handheld and amateurish and at some points nauseating. With more star power and a better music supervisor this film could have been a lot more entertaining.

Sound and picture on the disc are standard for the DVD format with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on the image and a standard lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track for the audio. There are several audio tracks on the disc including English, French (PAR), Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai all mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital.

There are no extras on the disc aside from Previews of other releases that you are forced to watch when you pop the disc in anyways.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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