The true story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
American Sniper (2015)
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by Jason Hall
Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kevin Lacz,
Jake McDorman, Cory Hardict, Eric Ladin, Sammy Sheik
Based on the book by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, James Defelice
Oscar Wins - Best Sound Editing
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper),
Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper was a truly moving film led magnificently by Bradley Cooper in a role that utilized every bit of his acting talent. The story of Chris Kyle is an incredible tale of valor, family, and ultimately the courage to do what's right.
The film is arguably the most realistic depiction of the Iraq War I've seen in a long time. The battle scenes were frighteningly real and every soldier had a look in their eyes that I believed was the glint of a seasoned soldier. With every tour, these actors got more and more hardened to the point that they were completely different people, which added a lot to the realism the film established.
I can see why this film has been getting accolades left and right. It's a touching film about the horrors of war that will go down as one of Clint Eastwood's best films.
American Sniper is an intimate, moving look at the military's most lethal sniper, Chris Kyle, and the effects modern warfare has on a human being. Clint Eastwood's direction has never bee this tight and Bradley Cooper's performance never this good. While both have proven to be extremely talented before, this film ends up arguably being a career best for both.
Due to the fact that American Sniper is more of a character piece than an outright war film, it obviously spends a great deal of time on the person of Chris Kyle. So, for people seeking a more edge of your seat, action packed war film, one must look elsewhere. As for the character, the film does a good job of honoring Kyle and what he has done for this country. Bradley Cooper gives a career defining performance, really sinking his teeth into the role. Director Clint Eastwood follows suit by offering us a film that explores the man behind the scope, making us get a feel for who he is. While I did say the film isn't heavy on action like most war films, there is still some well done combat scenes. The scenes involving Kyle being on duty are some of the most realistic I've seen. You really see how combat changes these men and how comfortable they are being in such a chaotic environment. At the same time, you also see how it affects them when a fellow soldier is killed in action.
Eastwood and Cooper really hit it out of the park with this one. American Sniper proved to be a more thoughtful take on war and what it does to a person. It also did a great job of honoring the late Chris Kyle. Considering all the praise it's gotten, it will no doubt be considered a classic someday.