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About the Movie
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to "leave no one behind." But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 264
- Fresh: 190
- Rotten: 74
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a great one.
Fresh: Although Cooper succeeds in resembling and sounding like the real Kyle, this isn't some cheap impersonation trick. Cooper gives maybe the best performance of his career.
Fresh: If American Sniper fails at being a truly great film, it is no fault of its star.
Rotten: Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent.
A Difficult but Good Movie
Going into this movie I had mixed emotions. I served 4 years on active duty in the Navy, and I’m now in college with many international students. The more and more I’m exposed to other cultures, the more I find myself becoming increasingly frustrated by American ethnocentrism. I still think America is the greatest country in the world, but I think it would do Americans good to become a little more humble on the world’s stage.
So, having this mindset, I went into this movie unsure of what to expect. This movie blew me away though. I walked out of the theater just overwhelmed with emotions. This movie gives you an excellent picture of what real war is like. There’s no glossing it over to make it look better than it is. You see all the blood and all the pain…you genuinely feel for the characters. But it also doesn’t make you feel like war shouldn’t happen…you’re left feeling like, even though it is extremely hard, it is necessary at times.
I will admit that the way the sailors and marines talk is hard to hear at times. I’ve spent time in N. Africa working with Muslims and I saw a side to them that I never knew existed when I was growing up. They are a loving and hospitable people. They, however, do have their radicals who strictly follow some violent teachings of their religion. These sailors and marines are being forced to go up against the worst of the worst and thus their attitudes are shaped by this. You find them saying some very startling things about their enemy that is hard to hear…but that’s the reality of war, and what it does to the mind of those fighting in them.
I also appreciated that the movie didn’t gloss over the violence of what these radical Muslims do…[spoiler alert]when the boy is being tortured and killed by that terrorist…I was horrified. This just shows you the evil levels to which men will go when they are allowed and even encouraged to do so.
Having said all this…this movie is well worth the watch. However, if you are an emotional person and can’t handle some pretty graphic scenes, this is not the movie for you. But it gives you a picture of what a real SEAL goes through while serving in a war…both while he’s on active, and then the recovering afterward.
American deadly sniper
Is the best movie ever I strongly recommend, that's what we are, family, God, Country.
"God. Country. Family"
Anyone who has read the book will absolutely love the movie.
Clint Eastwood does a phenomenal job at capturing the true meaning of the story! Bradley Cooper loses himself in the role of Chris Kyle.
The film does an excellent job at showing the struggles Kyle faced with war, as well as his difficult relationship with his wife, Taya.
"God. Country. Family" was Kyle's motto, and this movie does justice to all three.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2014
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