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Wesley Snipes (Blade Trilogy) is armed and extremely dangerous in THE MARKSMAN, an explosive action-adventure thriller where nothing is what it seems. With Russia on the brink of nuclear annihilation, there's only one man who can save it: The Marksman (Snipes). An elite U.S. Special Forces operative, he's been ordered to take out a Chechen nuclear power plant before terrorists set off a live reactor. Infiltrating the heavily-guarded facility, The Marksman indicates the target for an American \missile strike and makes his escape. But when he discovers it's the missiles and not the terrorists that'll ignite the device, The Marksman realizes he's been set up. And so begins a race against time as he attempts to disarm a target whose detonation will trigger the death of thousands and topple two world powers.

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, William Hope, Emma Samms, Anthony Warren, Peter Youngblood Hills
  • Directors: Marcus Adams
  • Writers: Andy Hurst, J.S. Cardone, Travis Spangler, Tyler Spangler
  • Producers: Alison Semenza, Alwyn Kushner, Andrew Stevens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1OFYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Marksman" on IMDb

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Shame on you Wes!
Nick Carter
There is very little dialog but a lot of background music.
Yeah, this movie was just bad.
S. Lawrenz

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Lawrenz VINE VOICE on October 3, 2005
Format: DVD
With terrorists holding a recently decommissioned Russian nuclear reactor hostage and the possibility of it being reactivated as a bomb, it's up to the elite US Army Rangers to go in and stop the Terrorists and save their hostages before the worst can happen. The Rangers are joined by the Marksman (Snipes) a consummate professional loner as they go in. But not everything is as it seems. When things go awry, only the Marksman can save the day.

About the Movie:
If my synopsis sounds silly, it's because this entire movie is. I'm a fan of Wesley Snipes, so I picked this up when it came out, sight unseen. Bad idea.

Unfortunately, this is by far the worst movie I've seen Wesley Snipes in. He's been in some mediocre films, indeed, but this one takes the cake. Filled with hammy actors and crippled by a ridiculous screenplay and ridiculously sloppy film editing, this movie screams "B-movie."

First off, The whole plot of this movie was just plain silly. Russians allowing the US Military to do an anti-terrorist operation at one of their own nuclear facilities, simply because US citizens were on location? Russia would never allow such a thing any more than the US would if the situation were reversed. Worse is the suggestion that they'd allow a military airstike on their soil. And what was up with the air combat? There was no reason for it but to see stock footage of airplanes flying about.

Secondly, the acting by many of the main characters was terrible. Undoubtedly editing and direction had some blame in this as well, but the acting overall was just atrocious. Snipe's female opposite (Emma Sams) was the worst offender of all, her lines delivered with all the conviction of a high school stage performer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tom's Reviews on September 15, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is simply a cookie-cutter, straight-to-video, low budget, poorly acted stinker. I like Snipes, especially in the Blade trilogy. To see him in this film (though you don't see as much of him as you might think - he may have 20 lines of dialogue throughout) is really embarrassing after seeing his better work. I guess all actors take some jobs for the money, and all I can say is that I hope he got a boatload for this one. Emma Sams, the lead female actress, does such a poor American accent, that she almost seems as though her dialog was dubbed in. The rest of the actors are directly out of the B-list and placed in sterotypical roles that are boring and predictable. And the military scenes? Ugh. This film was written/directed/produced/advised by folks with just enough knowledge of the military and operations to be dangerous. For example, the captain of the US aircraft carrier USS Eriske (or something like that) wears a hat that says "SSN Eriske" - for those in the know (and many who aren't), an SSN is a nuclear powered SUBMARINE. Not a carrier. Screw ups like that are prevalent throughout the movie - to include the almost total lack of hand signals during tactical movement on target by the "Ranger" team sent in with Snipes - everyone seems to prefer to operate by the ultra-covert "talk in your normal tone of voice when the enemy is nearby" tactic (haha). And the individual Rangers seem to get to follow their own orders if they don't feel like following the orders of their senior officers ("I'm outta here!" is one memorable line) Oh well. It may be worth a rental if you are a big Snipes fan, or if you have 90 minutes of your life you don't need or want back.

On the one positive note - the movie location scout did a great job - the "set" which actually appears to be in Russia or one of the Russian republics, is actually pretty cool, and may even be the saving grace of this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Hampered by a wooden performance from Wesley Snipes and an incoherent script, THE MARKSMAN is one of those straight to video action films that manages to keep the viewer's interest. This is largely due to some good action sequences and stunts. A pleasant surprise to see the lovely Emma Samms (Dynasty) in a rather useless role, but she adds a little class to the proceedings. The story is predictable, and it's unfortunate that Snipes, usually a pretty animated actor, chose to play or underplay his heroic role. Entertaining but non-monumental movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on October 17, 2007
Format: DVD
During recent weekends, I had spent some leisure time to watch three action movies on cable television.

The three movies shared a common thread: the principal character was more or less a lone wolf operative, with military background; trained in covert operations & skilled in weaponry.

Although they did not have the plot intensity or complexity when compared with any of the recent 'Bourne' or even 'Bond' movies, they were generally entertaining.

For me, entertainment comes first when I watch a movie.

The first one was 'Target'.

The second was 'Avenger'.

The third was 'Marksman', starring my favourite action hero, Wesley Snipes.

I had watched many of Wesley Snipes' action movies: '7 Seconds', the 'Blade' trilogy, 'Art of War', 'US Marshalls', 'Drop Zone', 'Money Train', 'Demolition Man', 'The Detonator', 'Murder @1600', 'Rising Sun', 'Passenger 57' & 'Unstoppable'.

One of the reasons I like to watch him in action movies is because he is trained as a martial artist in real life.

In 'Marksman', he played an army ranger with the code name: Painter. His job was to mark out targets on the ground in preparation for directed missile strikes.

A group of Chechen rebels had taken over a supposedly decommissioned nuclear plant inside Russia. Together with a team of army rangers, his job was to go in & rescue the scientists. It was meant to be a simple extraction job. However, it turned out that there was a complex agenda behind the rescue & the mission was unexpectedly compromised.

The rescue helicopter was blown up. A few rangers were killed on board.
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