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American Sniper 2014

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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield.

Starring:
Bradley Cooper, Kyle Gallner
Runtime:
2 hours, 12 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Bradley Cooper, Kyle Gallner
Supporting actors Cole Konis, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Luke Sunshine, Troy Vincent, Brandon Salgado Telis, Keir O'Donnell, Marnette Patterson, Jason Hall, Billy Miller, Leonard Roberts, Jason Walsh, Reynaldo Gallegos, Kevin Lacz, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Eric Ladin, Sienna Miller
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I feel I have to jump in here. I'm a Vietnam Vet, a former infantry officer; I am tired of seeing "American Sniper" being bashed about every day on the TV news. I wish I could say to those people that "I don't think this movie should become a big political issue, rather it should be about Chris Kyle."

The reason, to my mind, as to why this has become some political issue, is because Chris, as a sniper, apparently killed without remorse. It was similar in Vietnam; I was in the infantry that made up 10% of the Army soldiers, and yet we suffered 70% of the Army's mortalities and horrific wounds on the battlefield. In the infantry we were trained to kill with our bare hands, with a knife, with a bayonet, with a bullet, and with a grenade. We also killed without remorse, because our superiors did not want us to be standing around feeling all sorrowful; no, we were expected to get on with the task at hand, get something to eat, get very little sleep, then get moving the next morning and go out and kill some more. In Vietnam we dehumanized the enemy, calling them "gooks," as it made it easier to kill them; after all, that was our job. As Chris writes in his book, "My job was killing." My main point is that Chris Kyle was an American hero, in a sad way. He is the consummate warrior and the product of our nation's military. These are the warriors we are training today; they are very efficient and proficient at their jobs. This is why I strongly argue for a limit to multiple combat tours [Chris' hands began to shake during his fourth combat tour; my hands began to shake after eleven months of combat]. Combat is horrific and will turn your brain into scrambled eggs over a very short period of time.
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Blown away - figuratively speaking, at least! We just watched this, and it was excellent. I saw Chris Kyle's wife cry on the news after watching the trailer, and I have to say, that was probably the most moving and emotional thing I have seen associated with the movie. A few details:

As some have pointed out, it did not necessarily follow the book. They had to make a story out of it that everyone would sit and watch, and chose a couple specific scenarios to highlight and romanticize a bit. But this is great storytelling, make no mistake, and Clint Eastwood continues to show why he is one of the most respected directors in the world.

There is also more emotional struggle here than in the book, and in my opinion, that makes the main character more relatable. If the performance was quite as cold and had come to terms with his role as the real Chris Kyle, I am not sure we as an audience would have been able to relate. That would be tough to watch. He still has very clear direction and sense of purpose, don't get me wrong. But the reality is truly far beyond what you can display successfully on screen.

Bradley Cooper absolutely changes my opinion of him as a lead male actor. I loved things like Hangover, Wedding Crashers, and more serious roles like Limitless and Silver Linings Playbook. But this puts him on a totally different level as an actor.

This is grand-scale, emotional story telling, and you will talk about this movie after. You may relate to it politically, you may hold Kyle up as a hero, or perhaps vilify him. But when you look at it from a storytelling aspect, regardless, it is excellent. Just don't expect it to be a documentary.

Hint: This film is worth watching in a theater. Not just for the larger than life battle scenes, but for the experience of an entire theater, nearly silent, at the end.
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American Sniper is nothing less than a masterpiece, possibly Clint Eastwood's best movie since The Outlaw Jose Wales. I say that knowing just how many truly great movies Eastwood has made over the years. As is any review, mine represents my subjective judgment...but American Sniper is simply that good.

For those who don't already know, American Sniper tells the story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. We see brief glimpses of Kyle's Texas childhood, the product of a loving family and a strongly opinionated father. Wayne Kyle raised his sons to be the kind of men who would never be sheep, not the wolves who preyed on them, but rather sheep-dogs who would protect the weak from the wolves. Kyle grows up to be a real cowboy, winning buckles as a bull rider. Then, when terrorists bombed the United States embassies in the African cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, killing hundreds, Kyle joined the US Navy.

At the age of 30, Kyle began BUDs/SEAL training where he was repeatedly mocked for being too old. Between graduating from SEAL school and going to sniper training, he meets Taya, the woman who would become his wife. Kyle is sent to Iraq where he provides sniper cover to the US Marines sweeping the dense urban combat zone.

At this point I feel like I must clarify what Kyle's sniper duties include. When the average person thinks of snipers they erroneously think of a lone gunman with a powerful rifle hiding out to assassinate some political figure, and then disappear back into the shadows. During the Iraq war, American soldiers were subject to constant attacks from non-uniformed fighters.
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