Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Based on: the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Written by: Jason Hall
Goooooooooood Morning Vietnaaaaam!!!!!
Nope that’s another war. I’m starting to get confused . USA keeps making wars in order for Hollywood to write good scripts again, I guarantee it.
This is a biographical drama that follows the life of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 255 kills from four tours in the Iraq War, 160 of which were officially confirmed.
The film starts with a young Kyle who shows his passion for supporting the weak against the strongest evil people. A failed symbolism of the movie, implaing that this was what he did in Iraq. His father actually encourage him to use violance as protection. Again an imply about the Iraq war. Just so you know this movie is full of them and the script has a lot of hidden political meanings. There is actually a lot of controversy around the depiction of the Iraq war and the depection of Kyle in this movie.
Anyway, Kyle is kind of a looser untill the terrorist attacks when he realised that he has a lot to offer to his country and decided to join the military. See, the movie again trys to say that the American Seals where his savior and they pulled him out of his misery. The training begins and Kyle is the only one that can survive through the tough parts of it due to his dedication and his disciplines that his father taught him. However he is not really good with snipers untill he has to shoot a snake. And here comes a controversial line. Kyle says “I’m better when it’s breathing!!!” implaing that he can shoot better when the target is alive. Now I don’t know how this line works in the US but outside the US this sounds like the motto of Jack the Ripper, not a catchline of an American Hero.
Kyle marrys his wife and they are quite happy untill the terrorist attacks of 9/11. That was the moment that Kyle realised that the situation is out of control and the marines send him to Iraq for the war. And here comes my favourite scene of the movie, probably the best scene of the year. Kyle is on a roof with his sniper and he sees a suspicious kid with his mother walking towards the american troops. His target is a kid and he doesn’t know if he is able to shoot a little kid in order to protect his colleagues. Of course i won’t tell you what happened.
After this point the movie starts getting good. Despite the fact that Kyle is great at his job he is starting to feel tired and he misses his wife who is now pregnant. That’s when Kyle realised that the touhgness of war is not on the battles but it’s on your relationships with your people. He doesn’t want to be away from her but he needs to stay in Iraq. Meanwhile his reputation is starting to get bigger and the insurgents issue a bounty on Chris. The american troops continue chasing terrorists to find Bin Laden and Kyle starts a feud with Mustafa, a Syrian Sniper who killed a lot of americans. Chris killed him finally by breaking the world record for the longest shot ever!!!
After that he is quite happy with his life. But that doesn’t last long. His wife misses him and asks him to stay home. He can’t stay though because he has to go back in Iraq. Also he realises that he can’t leave in the real world again. He is always alert , he sees danger everywhere and he can’t believe that no one in USA cares about the war. This is the point where he realises that he risked his life for people who didn’t really care about what was happening in Iraq and he starts to doubt his devotion to the army. Although he goes back to Iraq for the last time. There he sees again his friends getting shot and he is moved by his best friends advice (while he was dying in the hospital) to stop his military career. At the same time his wife warns him that if he doesn’t quit she is going to brake up with him. And Kyle finally decides to retire.
The movie is quite good especially when they try to show the impact that the war had on his relationship with his wife. There are great scenes where you can see the nostalgy, his feelings for his wife battling with his feelings for the army, and the moments where he realises that he doesn’t know which one is the real world, the peaceful USA or the war in Iraq.But there are some scenes that didn’t even need to be in this film like awkward sex talk and sex scenes with his wife. The drama in this movie is quite good but it doesn’t make you cry. I think that’s what is missing from the movie a moment that will make you cry. That’s why this movie can’t compare with movies like “Platoon”. The action is awesome too because it’s not fake, it seems real. You will not see “heroes” killing hundreds of terrorists or intouchable american soldiers. You will see soldiers dying, being afraid, hidding, thinking twice before they shoot and this is what i really like in the movie. Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood did an amazing job too!!!!
However some nationalistic moments could have been avoided. But it’s normal because the target group of the film was American conservatives. People who wanted to see their hero. That’s why the movie has this title because it’s very American and really Sniper. At some moments it seems like Donald Trump directed it (Sorry, my American friends)