Following hot on the heels of Sniper: Reloaded (The Return of Zane) in which Gunny Beckett’s son named Brandon Beckett won mad Tom Berenger awards for racking up baddies by the boatload, Sniper: Ghost Shooter (Zane is an under-utilized national asset) sees Brandon put back into the shit against the backdrop of Central Asian pipeline politics.
I saw the original sniper back in the 1990’s on VHS tape when I was a kid and was completely overwhelmed by how cool Berenger was. That dude was a certified badass despite having to be paired up with greenhorn Zane and his Gucci-flage. Tom Berenger’s dynamo performance in the original sniper is perhaps the only portrayal of a soldier that has put more young men into the military than Arnold’s team of mercs in Predator, especially Mac who was the most badass mofo on the crew.
Fast forward to 2017 and we see in the first scene that Zane is leading the wet-dream of a coordinated sniper ambush by an entire team against ISIS executioners about to kill some western hostages in Syria.
Now I realize that the hotsheets you pick up at the grocery store have been telling you that the SAS and Kurdish women have more kills than cancer and have crippled more children than polio in Syria, but as Zane extracts hot kill brass from his long gun in the Jihadi death fields there can be no disputing who the world’s greatest sniper is. Alas, Beckett is getting trigger shy and compromises the op by hesitating in what could be the cherryist move in this storied franchise.