MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3 1/2

Deep in the jungles of Panama, gunner Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger) hides in jungle camouflage waiting to kill an army official. His timing must be perfect, for he only gets one shot - he's an undercover sniper for the U.S. Army. This is only the beginning of SNIPER, a fast-paced action movie that combines the best of the buddy, male-bonding type of movies. Beckett likes to do things his own way. So, when a young cocky sharpshooter from the National Security Council comes to head the next mission, he is less than pleased. The young recruit is Richard Miller (Billy Zane), and he has never been in the jungle, let alone kill anyone with his sharpshooting abilities. Beckett and Miller clash over correct operating procedure, but Miller soon learns he is over his head in the jungle. Their targets are a top Panamanian military leader and a drug lord holed up in a hideout, armed to the teeth. Miller and Beckett must take extraordinary measures to infiltrate because Miller's inexperience may cause the mission's doom. True to its name, SNIPER is a movie about killing. However, it is well-acted and, in spite of the somewhat cliched plot, it keeps its suspense throughout.

Bullets are featured as an integral part of the film. Several times they are shown in slow-motion, accentuating the violence. A somewhat loose running count adds up to about 20 killings, many of them in slow-motion. To add to the violence, there is also a somewhat crazy doctor who delights in torture. He cuts off fingers by slowly twisting a piano wire around them. We see this performed once on Beckett and on a dead priest after the fact. Several methods of killing, include getting shot through the eye, which happens twice. One man is stabbed through the back of the throat as he leans against a partition. If the violence weren't enough, there is plenty of unnecessary foul language as well. The f-word rears its head 21 times, the s-word 12 times, and the finger gesture is seen twice. On a brighter note, there are no sexual situations and no nudity. Hopefully, however, the extreme violence and foul language will kill SNIPER at the box office.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Tri Star Pictures, 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505

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Crude Language: Many (26) times - Mild 16 and Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (33) times (f-word 21 times, s-word 12)

Profanity: Several times - Regular (9)

Violence: Many times - Moderate to severe (over 20 people killed, many shown in slow-motion; some shot in the head, in the eye, stabbed in the throat; fingers severed; man kicked and beaten).

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

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