American Sniper, a fantastically tragic story
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I was kind of hesitant to go see American Sniper, thinking that it was just going to be another war movie, full of shooting and explosions. Although it had plenty of those, there was also the nice surprise of a fantastic story line.
The movie goes into the life of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a Texas man who just wants to be a cowboy. But when reality hits he decides to become a Navy Seal. Viewers watch him as he goes through training, and as he goes through each one of his four tours to Iraq. While in his tours we see how being a sniper affects him, and how it affects his wife still at home. While in Iraq he became the deadliest sniper in American history. He was known by his fellow Navy Seals as “The Legend.” We learn when he comes home how hard it is to become re-civilized. We see that war really affects people’s judgement and lives.
One thing that really stuck out was how whenever they were holding a baby in this movie, it was very obvious that it was a doll.
The movie stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and Kyle Gallner, and is directed by Clint Eastwood. This movie is based off of a true story about “The Legend.” This blockbuster made $676,909 on its opening weekend. Claudia Puig, USA Today says, in her review of American Sniper, “American Sniper’s wartime sequences are well-paced and harrowing, reminiscent of those in 2008’s The Hurt Locker. Like that film, Sniper can be interpreted for either as a patriotic salute or as an incisive anti-war movie. In either case, it’s a powerful, moving and tragic tale.”