American Sniper (2014)
American Sniper is the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper). Kyle is most known for his success as a marksman in the Iraq wars and spent 4 tours overseas. He earned the nickname “Legend” from his peers for recording the most sniped kills by a single person in U.S. Military history. This is his story.
Directed by Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby), American Sniper is a well-made touching story about a true American hero. Realistic in nature, this movie has much of the same feel to other such war movies like The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor. I did not know the story of Chris Kyle going into this movie (which is a surprise because I live in Dallas), but I’m glad I took the time to watch this movie. It is touching and emotional and one that most people with ties to the military will appreciate. Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper do justice to the Kyle family and honor his story well. I feel that Bradley Cooper immerses himself in the role so well that we see him as the character he plays and not as an actor playing a part. For this reason, I believe that he could easily receive an Oscar nomination for this role.
As for the movie, American Sniper not only is special and heartfelt for the people who knew Chris Kyle, but it also has realistic action and suspense surrounding the Iraq wars. Anyone who enjoyed the war movies I listed above will appreciate and enjoy this movie as well. Since I did not know the story of Kyle before going into this movie, it is hard for me to comment on the accuracy of the film, but I do believe the source material is from a book Chris Kyle wrote himself. All in all, American Sniper is a well made film that honors the life of a man who many call a Legend and is definately worth a view.
8/10 Stars – With much the same feel to Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper honor a true American hero in American Sniper.