American Sniper (2014)


American Sniper is a biographical war drama adapted for the screen by Jason Hall, with the film being based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Directed by Clint Eastwood, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, and Cory Hardrict. The film tells the story of the most prolific sniper in U.S Military history, Chris Kyle. Serving four tours in Iraq, the U.S Navy SEAL gains the status as legend due to his courageous exploits that starts to torment the man on his return to home soil. I have to commend the performance of its lead, Bradley Cooper. The four-time Oscar nominated actor conveys the personality of a hero, while emitting the emotions of a broken man – something I can only imagine would be difficult to do. The action is right on cue, while the more emotive aspects of the film are overlooked due to the fast paced narrative – which it should be, given that this is a war film. Something I mentioned in my review of Lone Survivor is the technical aspect of sound mixing in a war environment, which is again done superbly in this feature. One to watch for it’s action sequence rather than character development. Still, American Sniper sets up for highly entertaining viewing.

“I’m willing to meet my creator, and answer for every shot that I took.” – Chris Kyle