American Sniper

One Bullet can tell a story

downloadChris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who wanted to become a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle’s struggle isn’t with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids.

-Written by Evandro Martirano (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2179136/)

Ok so firstly I’m not going to mention any of the political BS that has been put out there about this movie, I’m just going to review the actually movie.

I wasn’t actually that keen to watch this movie, not really that into war films but I was bored and I’ve seen everything else so thought I’d check it out. Boy was I glad I did! This film was raw, brutal and powerful.

What it’s like to be a soldier in a modern war? What is the price of military glory? These questions are answered in this movie, Bradley Cooper did a great job, there wasn’t a moment in the film where I thought he was himself, acting was brilliant from everyone in the film, the story is powerful and sometime a bit unbearable to watch. As I sat watching this film I looked around at the members of the audience which ranged from old people to youngsters (which I was surprised at seeing), there was  a scene in the film that shows a child being tortured with a drill and as this scene happened I looked around at the audience where some people were covering their eyes , some were saying no, some looked away, and some just said oh my god that’s wrong, which showed that Clint Eastwood did a good job to show how violent things are, of course it’s probably 100 times worse but there’s only so much you can show in the form of a film.

The film is based on  true events that surrounded Chris Kyle, a heavily skilled and determined American SEAL, The movie takes us through a bit of his early life and training, and then juggles between his 4 tours in Iraq and his life back home.

What really got me though was, as I sat watching the credits roll I looked around and saw some people sitting and others leaving the cinema but there was silence, then some started clapping but other than the clapping everyone was still silent, there was no conversation about whether the movie was good or bad just clapping and silence, this was something I’ve never ever seen before. It was refreshing to see people having respect, even if it was just a movie.

Here a little bit of trivia about American sniper that you might find interesting;

  • Bradley Cooper actually trained with Navy SEAL sniper Kevin Lacz, who served with Kyle and was a consultant on the movie.
  • Bradley Cooper ate around 8,000 calories a day, and trained 4 hours a day with a personal trainer in order to bulk up 40 pounds for the role.
  • Chris Kyle’s father personally told Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper that he would “Unleash Hell” if his son’s memory was disrespected in this film.
  • American Sniper marks the first time Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood have worked together.

American Sniper is a movie well worth seeing for the action, the drama, the story, the characters, and the patriotic tribute to the men and women who serve.

By Fiaz Ali

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