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bogie
September 16, 2008, 04:41 AM
Well, campers, I watched this thing again tonight.

Gotta tell you... Other than having to look at Marky-Mark and that guy from Lethal Weapon, it wasn't all that bad. Not all that "anti" either.

More "anti-Washington" than anything else.

Which ain't all a bad thing....

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crashresidue
September 16, 2008, 05:19 AM
Have you READ THE BOOK? It's a POS movie! READ THE BOOK!

memphisjim
September 16, 2008, 05:24 AM
hey i admit i never read the movie and im no sniper but id like to think im smarter than the average bear
i like a movie showing how effective intelligence and accuracy can be
before i saw this movie i was going to add "homeboy sights" to my ak47
(those would be pop up sights 300 moa to assist with my bump firing)

bogie
September 16, 2008, 05:28 AM
I read the book the year it came out.

Movies are NEVER better than the books.

All things considered, this one wasn't all that bad.

FWIW, I know a few folks like the "old gunsmith" who they had a chat with...

Armed 24/7
September 16, 2008, 08:33 AM
Read the book, it's way better than the movie. Actually read ALL of the books from that author. It's Stephen Hunter, I believe?

VARifleman
September 16, 2008, 08:41 AM
He just said he read the book. But all in all, I liked the movie, and still haven't caught up with what's "anti" in it.

ctdonath
September 16, 2008, 09:20 AM
Book title/author?

usmarine0352_2005
September 16, 2008, 10:02 AM
It's called: Point of Impact


Written by Stephan Hunter.


Movies are never good as the book.

Just be thankful it's a good movie. I really liked it. It could have definitely been a lot worse, don't forget that.

Gunfyter
September 16, 2008, 01:29 PM
Did anyone notice that in the opening he shot right handed and from then on he was left handed?

Catherine
September 17, 2008, 04:28 AM
Books are ALWAYS better than the movie.

I liked the movie and we rented it. The book was checked 'out' at my library. I will read it when it gets returned.

Catherine

Justin
September 17, 2008, 04:56 AM
FWIW, I know a few folks like the "old gunsmith" who they had a chat with...

Any of 'em still have the shovel?

bigfatdave
September 17, 2008, 08:14 AM
Books are ALWAYS better than the movie.
One exception I've found so far:
The Count Of Monte Cristo was a far superior movie, the book was [perhaps due to poor translation] a bore from cover to cover, and I ended up apathetic as to the protagonist's fate.

bogie
September 17, 2008, 11:06 AM
Justin, some of 'em own construction companies...

hankdatank1362
September 17, 2008, 11:34 AM
Did anyone notice that in the opening he shot right handed and from then on he was left handed?

Because he was wounded in his right shoulder, IIRC.


He's just so tactical, he automatically switches to weak-side only shooting for the rest of the movie.


I know that sounds sarcastic, but I guarantee, there's guys out there that can do it. I just ain't one of 'em.

Darthbauer
September 17, 2008, 11:43 AM
I just love the fact that two Marine scout snipers are wearing ACU in the first bit of the movie. Other than that, I liked the movie.

Walkalong
September 17, 2008, 12:14 PM
One exception I've found so far:
The Count Of Monte Cristo was a far superior movie, I disagree. I enjoyed the book far more.

Point of Impact was a great read. I need to watch the movie (shooter) to see how it stacks up.

Chuck Spears
September 17, 2008, 01:24 PM
Did anyone notice that in the opening he shot right handed and from then on he was left handed?

I noticed that Marky Mark was racking the charge handle after every shot with his "automatic" Barrett .50.

ny32182
September 17, 2008, 02:58 PM
The opening scene is the only one I had major problems with; what with the manual cycling of the semiauto Barrett, shooting the grenade 900 yards, etc... and would a sniper team like that have *two* sniper rifles to start with? If he had the .50 the whole time, why wasn't he shooting it from the start?

Overall I thought the gun related aspect was not perfect but better done than average as far as movies go (after the first scene of course), and I found the movie to be entertaining as well.

Thumper_6119
September 17, 2008, 03:16 PM
I noticed that Marky Mark was racking the charge handle after every shot with his "automatic" Barrett .50.
I saw that too (and got a chuckle out of it). He did clear a case that was sideways in the breech on one of those, but the rest were Hollywood Slide Rackings. Overall, I liked the movie. It was entertaining.

DoubleTapDrew
September 17, 2008, 03:56 PM
The opening scene is the only one I had major problems with; what with the manual cycling of the semiauto Barrett, shooting the grenade 900 yards, etc... and would a sniper team like that have *two* sniper rifles to start with? If he had the .50 the whole time, why wasn't he shooting it from the start?

I was surprised they didn't edit that. It was probably a real M82 and wouldn't cycle with blanks but come on! Spend a few minutes in the editing room to make it look like it can!
I think they had two for the "OOOoooo" factor when he dramatically whips the cover off it to take down the helo. Or because he's been having cycling problems with the darn Barrett all day!

Justin
September 17, 2008, 04:17 PM
I noticed that Marky Mark was racking the charge handle after every shot with his "automatic" Barrett .50.

Probably a mechanical problem with the blank adapter in the rifle. If they were shooting on location and didn't have someone available to repair the gun, they'd just have to run with what they had. Despite popular belief movies are a business and it costs money to shoot a given scene, so the "goof" of having to manually cycle the bolt during one day of shooting was probably weighed against the budgetary cost of having the rifle repaired, getting the cast, crew and equipment back together, taking them back out to the location, and re-shooting the scene.

I have to say, in threads like this, I find it amusing at the general level of ignorance displayed by most people when it comes to just exactly what sort of monetary and labor efforts it takes to shoot a movie.

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