The Marksman

The Marksman is a 2005 direct-to-video action-war film starring Wesley Snipes and directed by Marcus Adams. It was his first direct-to-video movie following the failure of Blade: Trinity. The movie is also known for being one of producer Andrew Stevens‘ direct-to-video films.

It is widely considered to be one of Wesley Snipes‘ worst movies, if not the worst Wesley Snipes movie ever.


Rebels in Chechnya have taken over a nuclear reactor, taking American scientists and Russian soldiers hostage in the process. The US military responds by sending in an Army Ranger target painter (Snipes) and his team. Their mission is to rescue the hostages and to mark targets for the incoming airstrike.

Why It Sucks

  1. Misleading title. The Marksman would suggest that Snipes is playing a sniper, which is not the case here.
  2. Terribly cheap production values, ranging from poor special effects to stock footage abuse (especially from Stevens‘ earlier Active Stealth) and poor lighting.
  3. Terrible acting, which range from being emotionless and phoned-in or overemotional and hammy, even from well-known actors such as Snipes and William Hope of Aliens fame; Snipes looks bored throughout the whole movie.
  4. Extremely clichè story with pointless subplots to pad the running time.
  5. The so-called Rangers, who are supposedly elite commandos, act like unprofessional morons throughout the movie; at one point in the movie, they leave Snipes behind while he‘s marking a target.
  6. Absolutely inaccurate depiction of any armed forces, whether they‘re American or Russian.
  7. Disappointing action scenes which doesn‘t showcase any of Snipes‘ martial arts skills.

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