American Sniper – a review

American Sniper is a 2014 American action and drama film directed by Clint Eastwood

It is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper …

The film stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller

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I’ve enjoyed all the Clint Eastwood directed movies, so assumed I’d like this one.

I did. Most people do.

It wasn’t as good as Unforgiven (1992) or Million Dollar Baby (2004), but I’d recommend you see it. Unless you have an aversion to violent films.

American Sniper received positive response from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a “Certified Fresh” rating of 73%, based on 203 reviews from critics …

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The highlight by far was Bradley Cooper. His performance is subtle and nuanced, unlike the movie which is very Eastwood. Too many cliche lines and story points.

It’s a Hollywood movie based on a true story. Not a documentary.

I don’t find the criticism I’ve read at all valid.

(It is fair to point out that Kyle was inspired after terrorists from Yemen and Saudi Arabia attacked the USA. Yet he was sent instead to fight in Iraq. Saddam Hussein didn’t want anything to do with Bin Laden.)

War is Hell. I’m against war. I wish Kyle had stayed home. If he had been Canadian, he would have. Canada did not join in the coalition of the willing, one of the smartest decisions ever for my nation.

If you don’t like snipers. Don’t like war. Blame Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, not Chris Kyle. He was simply following the orders of his President.

American Sniper is as much an anti-war film as one glorifying war.

I did find it surprising that Eastwood included one scene: Kyle pointing an (unloaded) gun at his wife, in jest. And then setting the weapon carelessly on a ledge with his children in the room. To me it foreshadowed something was going to happen.

Perhaps that scene was in the script. But Eastwood didn’t change it. It seemed unlikely to me that a firearms expert like Chris Kyle would be so nonchalant with weapons in his family home.

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I wasn’t surprised to learn that the real Chris Kyle suffered mentally. I wasn’t surprised to learn he had died from gun fire.

 “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

If you spend enough time around firearms, you stand a higher percentage chance of accident, suicide or murder than if you don’t.

Eddie Ray Routh, then 25, shot and killed Chris Kyle, 38, and his friend Chad Littlefield on Feb. 2, 2013, at a shooting range in Erath County, Texas. Kyle often took veterans, such as Routh, out on shooting ranges to work with them and help them cope with PTSD and related problems.

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This punk is the sad ending to a sad story. 😦

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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