This is one of the movies that were over hyped at the Oscars, produced and directed by a Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood who does deliver his brand of modern heroism which is typical to the stories he wants to bring to the big screen. Stories such as Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino portray people placed in modern day challenges but suffer due to their heroism.
American Sniper is one of those stories that portrays real life SEAL Chris Kyle played by Bradley Cooper who goes beyond the call of duty as a sniper protecting American soldiers in Iraq. Chris is a highly trained sniper who embodies the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind” and becomes addicted to the tours of duty in Iraq. A real American hero who goes on four tours but each time losing a piece of himself and his grip with his family.
Despite his growing family his mind is still preoccupied with the war. In his mind he just can’t move on despite coming out of each battle alive he is focused on the soldiers who did not make it out. His obligation grows as he goes back to save more and more soldiers. His efforts not only are recognized by the US Army but attract the attention of the forces he is fighting and he becomes a high value target of insurgents, whom employ the skills of an Olympian marksman to hunt down Chris.
Chris tries to live both lives as a family man and dedicated soldier but his duty only puts more pressure on his marriage, he recognizes the toll on his personal life and finds a support group of wounded army veterans that show him there is life after the war. Even after facing and living through the dangers of the war, Chris finds that there is just as much danger on home soil.
I felt the movie had great acting in terms of Bradley Cooper really becoming not only a believable Navy SEAL by the persona of Chris Kyle however the supporting cast faded away. Chris’s story also included the important influences of his brother, best friend and wife who really had a big psychological impact in the mindset of the hero Chris Kyle and were also the silent heroes of the story but I did not feel like that came across.
- One Soldier’s Story: The Journey of ‘American Sniper’
- A look at the development of the movie from the writing of the screenplay to filming, including the significant changes made to the script after Chris Kyle’s death
- The Making of ‘American Sniper’
- A promotional piece for the film also similar to One Soldiers story
Reviewed on: Blu-Ray
Available on: Blu-Ray, DVD
Genre: War, Drama
Age Rating: 16LV
Director: Clint Eastwood
Publisher: Times Media Home Entertainment
Estimated RRP: R200.00
Release Date: 19 May 2015
- I liked seeing the Punisher symbol in the movie adding to the unspoken commentary on what a hero is and the reality of being one
- Supporting cast faded away and did not convey their importance to driving the storyline and actions taken by Chris Kyle