REVIEW: Sniper: Special Forces (2016) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Sniper: Special Forces (2016)


This movie is a cheap, ugly, nasty piece of misery.  It’s almost enough to break my willpower, even bothering with movies like this.  Considering some of the VODmit movies I review on here, maybe that’s saying something.  Now I know there are Steven Seagal students out there who will eat up anything the man appears in, even for comedy’s sake, but even to those people I implore you not to go near this black hole of awful.  This is the new breed of VOD movie, cast well beyond ‘so bad it’s good’ territory, where everything is filmed in some baron patch of land in probably not much more than a week.  We’re into the depths of pure shit here and if Steven Seagal envisages this type of work for the foreseeable, he needs to quit movies.

First, I do not know if this movie is related to the long-since sullied ‘Sniper’ series.  I would not be surprised if it wasn’t, I also would not care.  A special ops detachment is sent into a hot zone in Afghanistan to exfil a U.S. Congressman, the bad guys in the area are suggestively affiliated with ISIS, but the movie doesn’t bother trying to exert itself with real world issues.  What exactly is a U.S. Congressman doing in such a place?  Well, you see, for this, you need to stick with the putrid attempt at a twisty thriller.  The writing is a mess, truly wretched, with actors unfamiliar or uncaring about their own lines.  Aside from that, Steven Seagal, the ‘sniper’ of the show, is left behind enemy lines.  This is the method for writing him out of the movie, get it?  But yeah, it’s hard for me to explain how hard the movie goes after the weighty military thriller and how hard it fails at doing so.  I would try, but it doesn’t deserve it.

Anyone reading this is probably interested in Steven Seagal’s role.  Seagal is in the movie for what I suspect may be ten minutes, but I would call that generous.  Given how they attempted to make this glorified cameo look like a support role by spreading his ‘scenes’ out, it’s probably less in reality.  And boy, does Seagal look miserable, and he is reciting lines less complex than those of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s original Terminator.  This guy hasn’t even seen the fucking script, I can tell.  But I don’t know if I could blame him, he’s probably not the only one.  Am I to believe that Rob Van Dam, who at times looks wasted in this movie, sat in on round-table discussions for a group digest of this ‘thriller’?

This is a movie titled ‘Sniper: Special Ops’.  But where is the sniping?  There are shoot outs, but they come from the new school of VODmit where guys wave around guns and pretend they’re shooting, while post production makes it look like they were firing.  Nope, not even blanks.  So the one thing that the movie should have pursued is not only supplanted with bored actors standing around a truck in not-so-tense dramatic whodunnit parts, but the combat itself is atrocious, stinking, lazy and repellent.  Look at the artwork for this garbage to see how cheap this scam posing as a movie was.  They have photoshopped Seagal’s head onto someone elses body, and placed the name ‘Van Dam’ as second billing.  I don’t know if there are people out there as stupid as the producers of this movie hope, but I don’t think I’d like the answer.

With conviction and careful consideration, I think this is the worst movie Steven Seagal may ever have appeared in.



  1. Barney Ross

    May 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Do they have plastic guns in this?

    • Idiotioi

      August 28, 2016 at 9:09 am

      no thyere real

  2. jim

    May 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Is there any point in even talking about bullshit like this? Waste of breath. Instead we should be cheering on Triple 9 from the rooftops. It’s the best flic I’ve seen in years. Best thriller since the nineties maybe.?

    • Jacob Phillips

      May 2, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      I’m going to watch Triple 9 since you’ve recommended it.

    • Jimmy Smith

      May 3, 2016 at 12:16 am

      One of the few times I will agree with you Jim. The movie was solid, yet underrated considering the reviews and box office performance. Way better than crap like London has Fallen which got rated higher on this site . I’d give Triple 9 a solid 7/10.

  3. Mucho Macho

    May 3, 2016 at 12:58 am

    RVD is a well-known Pot Head.
    Really talented wrestler, he could’ve done so much more with his career…but he could never seem to spend more than a day without The Chronic.

  4. Mucho Macho

    May 3, 2016 at 12:59 am

    In my Sensei’s defense..He was probably distracted by all the female extras and interns blowing him behind the scenes.
    The Man got other needs besides saving the world all the time

  5. Andymovieman

    May 3, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Seagal needs to lose some weight and be in the same shape he was in during the 90s and he needs to work with warner bros again as well as 20th century fox. He also should appear in the expendables 4 as a hero or villain.

  6. ColonelBobi

    May 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Haha tell us how you really feel about this Nightrider! Man I haven’t liked a Seagal movie since Under Siege II. Sorry Mucho. I remember a buddy of mine told me his stunt man cousin was working with Seagal in an action movie set in Prague (I think) back in aprox ’98. He was apparently out of shape then and needed Matrix wires to pull off his martial arts kicks. The guy doesn’t seem to care too much about quality control. He’s like Bruce Willis Mk II

  7. Ted Reitsma

    December 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Seagal looked fatter than ever. Wost acting by him yet. The other 2 guys that were the real main actors and did OK but are better off in TV series than movies. Script sucked. I swear Seagal is only in a movie he produces. Understand no why he had just a cameo in executive decision. Used to be fine Aikido expert. Dont know why he started punches in later movies, that is NOT Aikido. Steven PLEASE take acting lessons, get a personal trainer and make better movies, PLEASE.

  8. PopperlinRosebud

    January 19, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I’ve tried to understand how films like this are profitable but to no avail. There are tons of movies like this… why are they made and how do they make money? Is there something Hollywood isn’t telling us? It just makes no sense to me. This movie was horrendous. I am embarrassed for everyone who was a part of it. But surely they had to know how bad it would be considering the hundreds of other movies just like this that have bombed time and time again. So what gives?