Shoot (1976)

“”I knew I shouldn’t have come on this mother f**king trip.”

Synopsis:
A group of macho war veterans (led by Cliff Robertson) are ambushed while hunting in the Canadian hills, and return fire. Suspecting a future retaliation, they gather together more army comrades, stock an arsenal of weapons, and head back to the hills for a final shoot-out.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
While Peary argues that this unusual Canadian action flick is meant to take a stand against “NRA types” who would open fire on the entire world if given a chance, I disagree. Instead, I see it as a freaky portrayal of war veterans whose “instinct” to engage in combat hasn’t left them. While not entirely successful, the film does make us wonder whether Robertson is correct in assuming there will be another ambush, or if the entire venture is a figment of his overactive imagination. As Peary notes, the “unexpected ending is terrifying”.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Incredibly tense and violent shoot-out scenes
  • Ernest Borgnine and Henry Silva in supporting roles

Must See?
No, but it’s an interesting revenge flick and worth watching once.

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