Sniper: Special Ops

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Sniper: Special Ops is a 2016 action war drama film written and directed by Fred Olen Ray. It is part of a series of Steven Seagal‘s direct-to-video movies following the failure Half Past Dead, and has been declared by most of Seagal's fans as one of his worst films of all time, scoring a 3.2 on IMDb.

This film is unrelated to the long-running Sniper film series starring Tom Berenger.


A Special Ops Military Task Force, led by Sergeant Vic Mosby (Tim Abell) with a veteran sniper Sergeant Jake Chandler (Steven Seagal) as "Over Watch" during a mission are sent to a remote village in Afghanistan to extract an American Congressman being held hostage by the Taliban.

Why It Sucks

  1. Despite the title, Seagal's character only uses his sniper rifle in the very first scene of the film.
  2. Extremely confusing and poorly written story.
  3. Abysmal acting, which ranges from dull and lifeless to downright hammy and over-the-top.
  4. Lame and otherwise pathetic action sequences that rely too much on stunt doubles, as expected from Seagal's other straight-to-video films.
  5. Most of Seagal's lines are delivered in a low, slow and mumbling voice making it really difficult to understand what he's saying.
  6. Very poor special effects.
  7. The film was evidently made to cash on the success of the Lone Survivor and [[mh:greatestmovies:American Sniper|American Sniper}}. And it shows.