American Sniper: Movie Review

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 10.43.07 am 2 hours 12 minutes

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 10.42.51 am Clint Eastwood

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 10.43.19 am Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller


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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Cooper) takes his mission, to protect his comrades, so much to heart its as selfless a mission as it comes. Still, in doing so, he becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history.
His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq.
However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind…

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  • Suspended drama. I know I held my breath when they are invited to dine in an iraqi family home.
  • A mans raw pride for his country becomes admirable.
  • The fact that this is based on a true story that, at the point of release, was still undergoing ‘closure’
  • When Kyle makes the change, and can finally leave the war behind, and begin to heal.
  • While doing so, he helps other veterans heal….


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  • I HAVE to start with the ‘Fake Baby’ scene… what the actual HELL!?
  • In a lot of scenes, although I am sure its to demonstrate how difficult it is in war, you cannot tell who the hell is shooting at who!
  • The truly tragic ending. And thats all I will give away.
  • I couldn’t handle the over glorification of one nation sticking its obnoxious nose where it doesn’t belong!


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Yes, it is such an unfortunate ending to an all too truly typical story of a man who has faced an ugly war, but it made me screw my face up in just how narrow minded some of the decisions really boil down to.
As it is based on a true story (quite loosely upon further research) I will accept this depicted mentality for what I am told I should. It isn’t up to one nation, let alone one man, to decide the outcome of a people. I have marked it down for the feelings I was left with.
~”Im unsure how many people in America will be happy that this film basically confirms all the military propaganda they have tried so strongly to ignore.” 😕
But the performance from Bradley Cooper was so true to the memory of Chris Kyle, I admire his loyalty in standing by his choice to play the part, despite the criticism from foreign press. At the end of the day, a great performance is still a great performance, regardless of the story being told.
Do you feel like being told how to feel, think, & behave? Then chuck this one on to quickly remind you how lucky you actually have it.



About mapofjo

I'm a late twenties opinionated nerd who likes to share my wisdom & experiences with like minded people. I've studied, worked & travelled lots. I'm an open book with nothing to hide, other than my secretly embarrassing celeb crushes....

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