Jun 152020
 

Sniper: Assassin’s End is not a movie featuring high-octane, finely crafted action or fight sequences and while I was moderately entertained and never found it to be dull, I can’t say this is something I’ll remember down the line.

 

 

Sniper: Assassin’s End
(2020)


 

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Action
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment | R – 95 min. – $25.99 | June 17, 2020

Date Published: 06/15/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Kaare Andrews
Writer(s): Oliver Thompson (written by)
Cast: Chad Michael Collins, Sayaka Akimoto, Tom Berenger, Ryan Robbins, Lochlyn Munro, Emily Tennant


DISC INFO:
Features: None
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 24.33 GB
Total Bitrate: 30.16 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


Son yPictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.0/5


Plot Synopsis: Special Ops sniper Brandon Beckett (CHAD MICHAEL COLLINS) is set up as the primary suspect for the murder of a foreign dignitary on the eve of signing a high-profile trade agreement with the United States. Narrowly escaping death, Beckett realizes that there may be a dark operative working within the government, and partners with the only person whom he can trust his father, legendary sniper Sgt. Thomas Beckett (TOM BERENGER).

Quick Hit Review: If I were to ask someone to name a franchise eight movies deep, I doubt many, if any, would name Sniper as one of them, and it’s been a continuous one, no remakes or soft reboots even. The latest is Sniper: Assassin’s End, a movie that actually wasn’t terrible, though hardly great, and instead serves a worthy lazy Sunday viewing. As with the previous installments, the acting is passable as is the stunt work.

Tom Berenger, perhaps needing another house or maybe car payment, returns and while he doesn’t exactly give the film a boost in prestige or anything, is still in fine form and Chad Michael Collins is the prototypical star…  in the direct-to-video realm, some charisma I suppose but doesn’t command the screen in the lead role. The movie also features Sayaka Akimoto in her first English-language feature film role as a Yakuza-trained assassin and possible heir apparent to the franchise which, at least it seems, sees the departures of both Collins and Berenger, though wouldn’t discount Collins making some sort of cameo appearance.

Sniper: Assassin’s End was directed by Kaare Andrews, who previously helmed Altitude (which was average but watchable) and Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (a pretty poor zombie/outbreak horror film). Nothing really outstanding in terms of the direction, there are a couple interesting shots I suppose, such as a tiered view of three characters (screen cap here), not to mention an odd Stranger Things title reveal and 1980s-era synthesized score, however there’s nothing remotely nostalgic of that era in this film. Seemed like somebody was a fan of that style and just threw it in there…

In the end, this isn’t some top-tier action-thriller but instead passable entertainment, the kind of movie one could watch on a lazy Sunday. Not much more than that.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


No features were included outside of some bonus trailers. Inside though is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Sony releases Sniper: Assassin’s End is presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part, the picture quality looked pretty top notch, detail was incredibly sharp while colors are bright and vibrant. Not too surprising for a new movie, but you never know with these DTV flicks.

AUDIO – 4.25/5


The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and for a movie with plenty of action, felt at times this was underwhelming. Some spots sounded great, especially when it came to the score and some gunplay makes use of the surrounds, though other scenes, like a car crash didn’t have much depth at all.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Sniper: Assassin’s End is not a movie featuring high-octane, finely crafted action or fight sequences and while I was moderately entertained and never found it to be dull, I can’t say this is something I’ll remember down the line, much like its predecessor which I did review…

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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