Mistaken by many as a Russian propaganda film, director Olya Schechter's "A Sniper's War" is more of an deep dive inside the head of a disturbed and troubled soul, a young man whose internalized anger (over NATO's bombing of his home country of Serbia in the 1990's) has led him to volunteer as a sniper with the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. He's targeting Ukrainians as a release for his hatred of NATO (with the excuse that they are supported by…
Stylishly shot mystery thriller with great performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris ultimately falls short because of a convoluted and improbable plot and pacing issues. Retired cop and crime scene cleaner (Jackson) stumbles upon a mystery in which a potential witness against a corrupt police commissioner ends up dead. Jackson is hired by persons unknown to clean up the crime scene and the decides the widow (Eva Mendez) needs help in finding the killer. While there are some nice twists and turns, the plot just doesn't hang together... character motivations and actual police investigative procedures are unrealistic and it's kind of slow in places.