American Sniper by Clint Eastwood (2014)

One of the Oscar contenders for 2015, “American Sniper” tells a true story of Chris Kyle, who was known as Legend among his peers.
He’s a soldier, he’s a Navy SEAL, he’s a sniper. Bradley Cooper paired with Clint Eastwood for an exceptionally well directed and played drama.
The dialogues are well written and credible, the setting looks realistic. Thanks to the dialogues, the script does not exclude the audiences who have little knowledge of US Military structure, or the social structure. You didn’t know who rednecks are? Well, they’re not Texans. You can learn the difference – as Texans ride horses on rodeos, therefore are not rednecks.
This is solid cinema.
It is perhaps more about PTSD rather than combat, but of course there is a lot of gunfire and gunpoint dilemmas.
Bradley Cooper proves one more time to be a mature actor. He is nominated for the Oscar with this role. We’ll find out soon enough.



Filed under Cinema releases 2014, film reviews

5 responses to “American Sniper by Clint Eastwood (2014)

  1. It was certainly well produced and crafted, but you didn’t think it was one-sided (we knew so little about his nemesis in the film), and that the ending was badly done?

    • blondoner

      I really liked the ending actually. It was shocking but in the least expected way. So I say – well done Mr. Eastwood! :))

      • But it was completely unexplained…

        And then the real life patriotic footage was overdone. He was a murderer (sometimes with good reason, sometimes not), not a hero!

      • blondoner

        I see your point, but you know we don’t usually call soldiers murderers. Even if they’re snipers. They’re soldiers. It’s their job. Also, the way wars are usually fought, we don’t get to see the other side. Especially not in the field. And I believe here is such view presented. A soldier sees one side of the story. And so do we in this film.

      • It’s their job to kill?! They murder people when they could just take them prisoners or stop them from being able to harm others. Their job is not to kill people, it’s just to protect their country, in this case by trying to restore peace in another. Nobody is going to react peacefully when you keep killing their people.

        The problem is, if this were a fictional story, it wouldn’t really matter how one-sided it is, but when you are documenting actual events (Bradley Cooper actually met Chris Kyle a few times just before he was murdered, so they were definitely trying to make it realistic), there is a responsibility to tell more than just one side of the story, which is what Eastwood did with his last war movies (Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima). The result of the incredibly patriotic movie – especially the end sequence – is that it makes Americans feel even more comfortable with their country’s barbaric acts, hence why it’s doing so well at the US box office. Chris Kyle, as portrayed, wasn’t that comfortable with his legendary status, yet because of the way this film has been made, that myth about him will continue to be perpetuated. What the film should/could have really explored at the end is why he was seemingly randomly killed in his own home country, by a fellow American.

        It’s not a bad film in the slightest, but it’s no masterpiece. Some of the action scenes are excellent, and the domestic scenes are played well too. I just wish that we got to understand more about the motivations from the other side of the war, and what could have led to this American hero being murdered. If that meant waiting a few more years to make it (I think I heard that Kyle’s killer is still on trial right now), then so be it.

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