Perfectly adequate and interesting sequel to "Sniper".
skunktrain | So. California, USA | 04/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, maybe I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. But "Sniper II" was really not bad at all. Yes, I had lowered expectations going in, (I'd read some lukewarm reviews), so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the film.The first "Sniper" movie was also a good film -- more of a character study than an action story (in my opinion). This sequel took on some of that same flavor as well, though there was sufficient action in the movie to keep it from dragging. Tom Berenger reprises the original character (Becker) well. Somewhat anti-social (shy, really), grumpy but with deep feelings, Becker is an interesting and complex character. In this sequel, Becker is older, wider around the middle, but he still is a fabulous marksman (despite an injury that put him out of the sniper business after the first film). And so after years of retirement, he's called into service once again, on a foolhardy and convoluted mission.His interaction and relationship with the other man brought in on the mission is good -- like in the first movie, he often calls this younger man "son" as he argues and bickers (and looks out) for him. I thought Becker's character was consistent in both films, and I liked this. I liked Becker, and it was nice to see him yet again.However, just like in the first film, there was a somewhat anti-climatic ending, (left me thinking, "That's the end?") but it was still adequate enough. I cared about all the characters, but a few left the story too soon, and I felt cheated because I didn't get to know more about them.So, in my estimation, I saw this film as similar to the first: An older and wiser sniper is paired up with a younger (but this time, *very* able) partner, on a dangerous mission in a faraway land. They don't like each other at first, but end up forging a friendship by the end. It was a nice movie. Surely it could have been better, but I was not disappointed. It would be nice to see another installment to the "Sniper" movies, with a little meatier ending. I'd like that."
Sniper 2 missed
L. M. Jordan | 09/27/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy Sniper  to some degree (the inflight ballistics were neat), but this sequel is beyond my capacity. The "7.92mm German Mauser" identified early in the film is clearly a Russian Mosin-Nagant. The stock, the single stack 5-round magazine extending below the stock, the bolt, the iron sights are ALL unmistakable.
Clearly this movie had no intention of appealing to anyone who knows anything about rifles or sniping. No military sniper would plan to engage a target at the rediculously close range of 200 meters. No sniper would trust a rifle handed to him without first verifying its zero. Even more laughable, Berenger is handed a scope for the Mosin-Nagant and presumably mounts it, but then proceeds to use it without zeroing it! And where would he shoot it to zero it while being hunted? He was better off just using the iron sights!
Sniper  was bad, but Sniper 2 is a complete waste of time."
Not as good as the original
T O'Brien | Chicago, Il United States | 03/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sniper 2 is the sequel to Sniper made 10 years ago. Tom Berenger returns as Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett to take on a suicide mission. Joining him is Bokeem Woodbine, a Death Row inmate, who serves as Beckett's spotter. The two are sent to kill a general known to be taking part in "ethnic cleansing." This movie, while still good, does not reach the same level of the first one. Something is missing in this. The action is good as is Berenger as the quiet but deadly sniper lured out of retirement. Woodbine is good as his partner, but Billy Zane was better. Overall a good movie if you've seen the first one(several allusions to the first one are made). Good performance by Berenger. The DVD is nothing special with a few trailers added on."
HOLLYWOOD MEETS THE MILITARY SNIPER,, PART 2
R. COOK | PALATKA, FL | 03/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I FOUND THIS MOVIE TO BE A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE FIRST SNIPER MOVIE. ONCE AGAIN TOM BERENGER IS RIGHT ON AS GUNNERY SGT BECKETT, MARINE SNIPER. THERE WERE NICE LITTLE REFINEMENTS OVER THE FIRST MOVIE WITH MORE BELIEVEABLE SCOPE CROSSHAIRS, AND EVEN SOME TECHNICAL TALK ABOUT SNIPER CRAFT. I ALSO LIKED THE FACT THAT THIS MOVIE ACKNOWLEDGED THE ARMY SNIPER CORPS. THE FINAL SNIPER VS SNIPER DUEL WAS VERY ENJOYABLE AND RIVALED ENEMY AT THE GATES DUEL IN MY BOOK. ALL IN ALL A VERY ENJOYABLE LITTLE MOVIE. AS A RETIRED ARMY SNIPER, MY HAT IS TIPPED TO TOM BERENGER FOR BRINGING THE MILITARY SNIPER CORPS TO THE SILVER SCREEN."
Different but just as good as Sniper 1
R. COOK | 03/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In this sequel, Master Sergeant Beckett (Tom Berenger) is asked by the CIA to go to Bosnia to take out a renegade general/PM who is responsible for the ethnic cleansing of many Muslim natives. Beckett is accompanied by an death-row inmate, who is also an accomplished sniper/observer (Bokeem Woodbine, who played one of the baddie-soldiers in the movie "The ROCK"). In accomplishing their mission, the two of them must navigate within enemy territory and escape the clutches of enemy soldiers and enemy snipers as they head toward the border. This movie seemed like a cross between "Behind Enemy Lines" and "Enemy at the Gates." The acting was very good, especially by Berenger and Woodbine, and by the rest of cast, most of whom are unknown. The two main characters worked well together and I was relieved that there was no Billy Zane character (whom I found very annoying in the Sniper 1) this time around. At times the movie has too much talking toward the second half, but the story and the pacing of the movie is good. This movie is a worthy sequel to Sniper 1 and you would most likely enjoy it if you liked Sniper 1."