132 Min. | Action – Biography – Drama | January 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Director: Clint Eastwood
Staring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
American Sniper Review: American Sniper is a film based on the true events that surrounded Chris Kyle, a heavily skilled and determined American seal, and his brothers-in-arms in the Middle East during a time of war and crisis. It’s a story about a boy who grew up to be a man and yearning to fulfill one specific duty, to protect men, women and children from those who seek to do evil and harm. American Sniper takes us through a bit of his early life and training, and then juggles between his 4 tours in Iraq and his life on US soil as he struggled with internal and external dilemmas. It’s an accurate portrayal of the life of Chris Kyle, and his confirmed 160 kills that saved many more American lives.
The film is not perfect, but aside the minor editing flaws, fake babies, and a few sub-par directing decisions, American Sniper’s a movie well worth seeing for the action, the drama, the laughs (there were some good ones), the cries, the story, the characters, and the patriotic tribute to the men and women who serve. The respect given to Chris Kyle and his family is well executed in the film, and I’ve never seen a theater packed with people so silent as they filed out as the end credits rolled, silent save a few sniffles. There’s a lot of controversy regarding the actions and beliefs of Chris Kyle. Do not let this mindless squabble tell you who Chris Kyle was, go and see the movie yourself and learn of the sacrifices he and all troops made to keep the US (and others) safe. American Sniper isn’t a story about a blood-thirsty killer, this is a story about a man who was committed to his God and his country, and who ended blood- thirsty killers.
Eastwood has made an intense and heartfelt film, one of his trademarks, absent shows and unnecessary politics or philosophy. This is obviously the classic “American” patriotic film, but it differs from others in the approach of the man, who is an instrument to a purpose, yet a human being totally aware of what he does. American Sniper is almost perfect in many aspects, and the only thing that does not hook me is how much it reminds to “The Hurt Locker” (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008). That was way more focused on the adrenaline addiction the main character had, but the behavior of both characters after tours seemed to pretty alike. Overall, American Sniper is an excellent movie.