Movie Review: American Sniper

By Idris Dunn

The American Sniper is a great movie shows life as a navy seal recruit shows training in the military and the toll of war.

Bradley Cooper, who plays the main character Chris Kyle, is amazing as the movie shows Kyle’s life. In one particular sequence, the movie flashes back to Kyle’s childhood, where as a little boy he protected his little brother Jeff, played by Luke Sunshine, from a school bully. The bully, who picks on little Jeff, is played by Brandon Salgado.

Later, Chris sees a bombing of the Twin Towers on television, and right then and there he decides to give up the rodeo and join the Navy seals.

American Sniper portrays a great deal of the hardships of training as a seal while, and gives a glimpse of how most seals struggle. Chris, who is 30 years old at this time, won’t give up and is a clear leader at an early start of training.

Soon, Chris finds himself at a bar drinking where he meets Taya, played by Sienna Miller, and they start talking for a bit. While waiting for deployment, Chris and Taya start dating, but are pressed to marry after Taya becomes pregnant. After marrying, Chris is deployed and provides sniper fire for his brothers in arms.

The camera work  is perfect during the action shots. This is especially true in a scene where a mother and son have a bomb. The mother gives the bomb to the kid and tells him to throw it. The child does what he is told but then Kyles must shoot him to protect his fellow soldiers. When the mom runs and tries to throw the bomb she falls dead by a bullet Kyle pierces through her heart. Other scenes show a bullet traveling in slow motion using every angle as it travels hitting its target.

The main villain of the story is Mustafa, played by Sammy Sheik, who killed many seals during the war. He was a highly trained sniper killing from far distances.

Clint Eastwood directs the film, which received harsh criticism because of it’s pro-war and pro-republican themes. However, the movie does an outstanding job of depicting the way war changes a person. One minute, Kyle is a loving father, and the next a stone-cold killer.

 

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