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Film Review: American Sniper

Chris Kyle is a Navy Seal and America’s deadliest sniper. Earning the nickname of legend, this is his story, of all four tours of his service for the country he loves and wants to help protect.

 

God, Country, Family – Chris Kyle

 

American Sniper

I wasn’t going to watch this as I had heard people saying that it was glorifying war and all that sort of thing, but after seeing that it got some really good reviews from people online I decided to give it a go. I have to say that I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. As for it glorifying war, that’s rubbish. In my opinion it does the opposite.  The way I see it is that this film shows you how horrible war truly is, not to mention the impact it has on the men and women who go through it all.

 

Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a young man who was raised by his father to believe that weakness is unacceptable and you should stand up for your family and fight for what you want and believe in. As Chris and his brother Jeff are relaxing after Chris won the local rodeo competition, they see scenes on the news of how war has broken out and America is on the frontline. The brother’s sign up for the U.S. Navy and Chris becomes a Navy Seal and a sniper. With shooting skills that he learned from an early age, the proud soldier soon earns the nickname of Legend from his follow Seal’s and becomes the most deadly sniper in U.S. history. The movie moves through his life from one tour to the next and we see this causing strife in his home life as P.T.S.D. starts to set in when he is at home creating tensions between Chris and his estranged wife Taya as they struggle to keep their love alive.

 

I went to see American Sniper without knowing anything about it, other than it got some high ratings. At the end of it I was surprised to see that this was based on a true HERO and true events.

 

Starring

 

Bradley Cooper – Chris Kyle

 

Sienna Miller – Taya Kyle

 

 

Directed by

 

Clint Eastwood

 

This film has earned five stars out of five from me. The performances are very convincing and thought provoking. I recommend this movie for anyone who likes action and drama as it has plenty of both.

 

Review by R. Alan Ferguson

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