American Sniper (English, 2014)

Chris Kyle possesses unrivaled accuracy which makes him famous and hailed as one of the most deadly snipers in the history of American Navy SEALs. When Chris Kyle is positioned into the Middle East right after the 9/11 attacks; his immediate impact on the war and the war’s lingering impact on him and his family even after returning back home is captured in every detail to present this movie.
Language:
English
Running Time:
132 min
Rating:
R
Release date:
16 January 2015
Directed by:
Clint Eastwood
Produced by:
Clint Eastwood
Robert Lorenz
Andrew Lazar
Andrew Lazar
Bradley Cooper
Peter Morgan
Written by:
Jason Hall
Based on:
American Sniper
by Chris Kyle
Starring:
Bradley Cooper
Sienna Miller
Max Charles
Luke Grimes
Kyle Gallner
Sam Jaeger
Shot by:
Tom Stern
Edited by:
Joel Cox
Gary D. Roach
Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Pictures

What’s Hot

  • Despite his ripe age, Clint Eastwood sizzles yet again. His near flawless illustration of the life of Chris Kyle and his rise from being a ‘Sheepdog’ to be nicknamed ‘The Legend’ doesn’t just stay engraved in one’s memory but also recites the struggle that these men go through in the battlefield. One can’t do anything but just look upon this Octogenarian’s directorial skills with astonishment.
  • Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, just seems to have obtained this knack of pulling off such roles with aplomb. His acting skills come to the fore not just at the battlefield but also when he is a battle-scarred psyche while reuniting with his family in between his four tours to the Middle East. Sienna Miller as the emotional spouse torn between her duties as a mother and the wife of a war-hero slips seamlessly into the character and plays it to perfection.
  • The screenplay stands out as the movie starts off with an intriguing scene of a mother handing over a grenade to her young son and jumps over to the early life of Chris Kyle where his father hands him a rifle and teaches him to hunt. It doesn’t just deliver the early punch but also helps keep the interest of the audience alive for the next 130 minutes.
  • Eastwood also has to be appreciated for not caring to highlight the legend. Instead, he illustrates Kyle to us much as Kyle saw his marks – with that peculiar blend of extreme intimacy and tremendous resolve that a long-range shooter confers. Conceivably the movie subtly delivers this message when Cooper awkwardly shrugs away from another war veteran who compliments him and calls him a hero.

What’s Not

  • Clint Eastwood‘s emphasis on Kyle is so constricted that no other character, including his wife comes complete as a person – this makes the movie a tad too one-dimensional, even for biopic standards!

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Verdict

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Biopics depicting wars more often than not end up being just a ‘hero-edifying’ subject. But ‘American Sniper’ stands out in that aspect – there is no glory. It is neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job; but a skillfully narrated version of an American hero that has been reinforced by Cooper’s on-screen and Eastwood’s behind-the-scene enactment.

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