Main Plot Points:
- From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
- U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
- Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
What We Thought:
- I enjoyed American Sniper quite a bit. It’s not a perfect film. I don’t know if it’s Best Picture worthy, but I liked it.
- I like war movies, always have. This is a biographical film about Chris Kyle, considered the United States most deadliest sniper. Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job as Kyle.
- With a different actor, I don’t know if I would have liked the movie as much. Cooper does the accent perfectly. He got into ridiculous shape to play the Navy SEAL. You can tell he dedicated himself to do an accurate portrayal.
- The movie is quite intense in a lot of scenes. There’s a sniper taking out American soldiers that Cooper must take down. There’s enemies everywhere and not just soldiers, but children and women that one only has seconds to decide if they are hostile or not.
- That’s the part of the film that fascinated me. Again, I like war movies so I like seeing those scenes. Sure it does show how difficult it was for Kyle to get accustomed to being back home and his family life and that was necessary to the film, but Cooper behind the scope of his rifle is what makes the movie for me.
- If you don’t know the story of Chris Kyle, don’t look into it before the movie. Go into the theater knowing as little as possible especially the ending. I think it’s a better watch the less you know.
- If you’ve liked The Hurt Locker or Lone Survivor, you’ll like American Sniper. I know some people didn’t like it and I think it’s more political or personal beliefs that get in the way. If you go in to watch a movie about a soldier trying to do his job, you’ll enjoy it. It’s well made and Cooper is really good.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Bradley Cooper
- Sienna Miller
- Director Clint Eastwood
Recommended if You Like:
- The Hurt Locker
- Lone Survivor
- War/Historical Biographies