Opening in theatres tomorrow from director Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. Pictures is the Oscar nominated for Best Picture film with AMERICAN SNIPER.
Chris Kyle (portrayed by 2015 Oscar nominated for Best Actor Bradley Cooper) is a man from Texas who wanted to help America fight the war on terror. Joining the SEALS he trains to be a sniper. Before his first tour in Iraq, Kyle meets and marries Taya (Sienna Miller), a feisty woman who knows she will be living a military wife’s life.
Kyle becomes known as Legend as his accuracy saves lives on the battlefield. But is that same legend that puts a target on him as well. It all begins to culminate into one moment when he must decide when it is time to go home.
Cooper as Kyle absolutely deserves the nod he has received by his nomination for an Oscar. His appearance takes away any Hollywood glamour and instead gives him a more relatable face. Trying to define who he is, Cooper takes Kyle’s life and tries to give is balance while doing a job most could never imagine. Trying to find his place at home it becomes difficult to be with one family when you wish to be with another.
His other family would be his buddies Marc Lee (Luke Grimes), Biggles (Jake McDorman), Dauber (Kevin Lacz), and “D” (Cory Hardrict). This group of men portrayed the camaraderie that truly brought meaning to the action sequences.
Their mission being led by Iraqi informant Al-Obodi (Navid Negahban) is to find the ‘Butcher’ and remove him completely. I have seen Negahban previously in the film The Stoning of Soraya M. and Brothers. He once again brings intensity to this character.
Miller as Taya also begins to realize the changes that are taking place with Kyle. It becomes difficult for her to sustain the new family never being quite sure when he will be home or for how long. I have to say here the scenes with the baby were just horrible – if you can’t get a real baby then don’t have a scene with a fake one that doesn’t even try to look real (that’s my belief at least).
I give AMERICAN SNIPER three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I truly appreciate the story brought to the screen by director Clint Eastwood. The film speaks volumes about the tragedies during war and how those same tragedies can continue long after.
It is not surprising that Eastwood would take on this film. There is a hero here, one that when aiming his rifle at a woman and her child, makes split second decisions. With every aim of that rifle, Cooper brings Kyle’s decisions every closer into our faces.
Chris Kyle was considered the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. Serving four tours in Iraq he received two Silver Star and five Bronze Star Medals along with Commendation Medals and Achievement Medals from the Navy and Marine Corps. Called the “Devil of Ramadi” by insurgents, he would return home and in 2009 would write the autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History in 2012. In 2013 he would also write American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms but later that same year Chris Kyle was killed at a local shooting range.
AMERICAN SNIPER has already won Best Director from the National Board of Review and winner for One of the Year’s Best Films. It has also won Truly Moving Picture Award from Heartland Film for director Eastwood and Warner Bros. It has also won the AFI Award for Movie of the Year.
In the end – one bullet can tell the story.