American Sniper

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American Sniper is a 2014 film based on the 2012 book of the same name written by the late Chris Kyle. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle, Luke Grimes as Marc Lee, Jake McDorman as Ryan "Biggles" Job and Cory Hardrict as 'D' / Dandridge. The film was directed by veteran actor Clint Eastwood. The film was released on December 25, 2014 and gotten a wider release on January 16, 2015.

Plot

Ex-rodeo rider Chris Kyle (Cooper) joins the U.S. Navy following the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings and then decides to continue his career as a NAVY SEAL following 9/11. Chris is deployed to Iraq and fights off Al-Qaeda. Chris than returns home to his family.

Sadly, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered on Feburary 2, 2013 by former marine Eddie Ray Routh at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas.

Why It Rocks

  1. Chris's life story is interesting.
  2. The film was well-written and pays tribute to Chris Kyle.
  3. The acting is authentic.
  4. Well done battle re-enactments.
  5. Actual footage of Chris's funeral is shown during the end credits.

Bad Qualities

  1. This film, while great, does have some historical inaccuracies. Chris Kyle didn't enlist in the military becuase he saw American lives lost on the television.  He had always planned on joining after school. Also, the injuries he sustained during his Bronko Riding actually caused the Navy to reject him, but later on they reversed the decision.
  2. The infamous fake baby scene.

Reception

American Sniper was praised by critics and audiences and currently holds a 72% "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 6 out of 10. The critic consensus reads, "Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject." Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com gave the film a 3 and a half out of 4 stars and described the film as "One of the more tough-minded and effective war pictures of post-American-Century American cinema."

Awards and nominations

American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. It won only Award for Best Sound Editing.