American Sniper (2014)

By on February 17, 2015
American Sniper (2014)

Run time: 132 min
Rating: 7.5
Genres: Action | Biography | Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Jason Hall, Chris Kyle
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
Trivia: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who wanted to become a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle’s struggle isn’t with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. Written by Evandro Martirano
Plot Keywords: assassin, child murder, death of child, navy training, sniper
Country: USA
Release Date: 16 January 2015 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $58,800,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $676,909 (USA) (2 January 2015)
Gross: $307,158,000 (USA) (13 February 2015)

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  1. cherrybomb

    February 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    First, let me say that Eastwood's direction, Cooper's acting and the screenplay are all competent. Were this film a wholly fictional account of a warrior with special skills put in the service of his comrades it would be quite serviceable, though no more than that.

    However, here was an opportunity to show the complexities of a man hailed as an American hero; and by complexities, I mean the thoroughly odious aspects of Chris Kyle's character. The man enjoyed killing people, regarding his targets as savages, and he bragged about killing looters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – even if he didn't, because we don't know for certain, what kind of man declares proudly his murderous inclinations? In short, he was far from a good man. Dismally, you would never know this from the simple-minded depiction of him as an all American Hero in Eastwood's film.

    Likewise, there is not a shred of awareness in the film that the US involvement in Iraq might have been illegal and was certainly catastrophic for the Iraqis. The film's approach is to display every Iraqi man, woman and even child as intent on murdering "good" American troops and therefore deserving of their fate, both at the end of Kyle's rifle and under the boot of American troops generally.

    I don't know what Eastwood was thinking when he made this film. Perhaps he saw an easy way to make money by appealing to the misplaced patriotism of some Americans. What I do know is that this is a disgusting film.

  2. thegeekgurl

    February 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    When American Sniper first came out I ignored the film thinking that it was the usual war propaganda Hollywood delivers once a year.

    After it received a couple of Oscar nominations I got a little curious and decided to go watch it. I am a big of Clint Eastwood and appreciate most of his work as a director, I am aware of his right-wing views and as I sat down in the theatre I was expecting a very patriotic story on the war in the Middle East.

    But what I got was 2 hours of pure biased war propaganda. The story is supposed to be about a war hero, but what we get is a ruthless southern who kills "bad guys" because he saw some terrorist attacks against his country on TV. Not once are the his intentions questioned by either the character himself or others. The entire film just follows a one-track minded perspective on a "just" war. There is no morale to the story, there are no grey areas where the viewer is allowed to have an opinion and decide for himself what is right and what is wrong.

    Now if this was satire, it would have been brilliant. The story of a redneck cowboy who after seeing some footage on TV about terrorist attacks decides he needs to protect his country by enrolling in the Navy and killing 150 people over 5000 miles away from where he lives, and without the slightest hesitation. But unfortunately it was not.

    It is actually quite sad to see how low American cinema has stooped. The fact that people might actually believe this crap (and most Americans do) makes me lose hope for the future of a once great country.

    There was a time when Hollywood war movies raised important questions on the righteousness of war (such as Full Metal Jacket, Thin Red Line, Apocalypse Now) where the viewer was given the clear picture that all war, justified or unjustified, is wrong.

    Nowadays most war movies are just commercials to get the American public behind the idea that invading a foreign country is a God given right.

    The fact that it got nominated for the Academy Award just shows how much a once acclaimed award is quickly becoming a pat on the shoulder to the most politically correct motion picture of the year.

  3. nolanjackson

    February 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    In short, uneducated redneck sees 9/11 unfold on his TV, uneducated redneck joins the Military and shoots brown people. No questions asked. 'Merica I understand why this movie was made. Dumb people that aren't capable of thinking outside of the box STILL view Iraqis as bad people despite the fact that nobody in Iraq had anything to do with 9/11, and Americans INVADED THEIR country, for literally no reason. If anything, that time period in American history should be buried, not glorified. The guy this movie is based on is a racist pig that made millions of dollars off people that are somehow dumber than he is.

    Back in High School we would watch old Nazi Propaganda films, which depicted the Germans as superior, and everyone else as not being worthy of breathing the oxygen in the air. 200 years from now this piece of garbage will be viewed in some history class, and I only hope the teacher informs the class that not ALL Americans are this stupid.

  4. thegeekgurl

    February 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Firstly, this movie doesn't have any conceivable storyline.

    On the factual basis, Iraq war had questionable goals. The war was committed on false accusation that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The war and killing of so many innocent people happened only to reveal that it was not true. In this movie, such a war was attempted to be glorified through extremely partial vantage point. The movie portrays the people who went to another country to kill others as superhumans and people who fought to protect their own country on their own land as demons. There is no gray area in the depiction. This is imprudent and ridiculous.

    The broken story-line also has a lot of moral loopholes. Can a Sniper-man just decide to join the land troopers? Can they just suddenly start interrogating the civilians and then leave them unsecured to be killed?

    The movie has only one clear message – God didn't create all the people equal. If you are not American, your life has very little value (if any) in comparison to an American.

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