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Having missed it at the movies, this weekend I finally found the time to watch American Sniper. Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the book by Chris Kyle, American Sniper follows the story of Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, whose skills as a sniper made him “the most lethal sniper in US history”.
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with the mission to protect his fellow soldiers. With numerous lives saved thanks to his incredible accuracy, he soon earns himself the nickname “legend.” However, with that also comes the danger of recognition behind enemy lines, where he’s soon seen as a prime target with a bounty on his head and a number of tricky situations that nearly saw him killed.
Having served four long tours in Iraq, Kyle returns to his wife Taya (Sienna Miller), and two kids, but finds that leaving what he’s gone through behind is much more difficult than he might like to admit to himself. With sounds, voices and images haunting him, Kyle is having to learn to feel safe again.
Now that his tours are behind him, he faces the difficulty of fitting back in where he left and how to come to terms with what’s happened without sacrificing his marriage.
American Sniper is not only captivating and moving, but it is utterly brilliant. Eastwood has done an incredible job in bringing Kyle’s story to life, not missing a beat. It’s easy to dismiss a movie like this as just another wartime story, but it is anything but that. It is slow yet fast, it is action packed yet emotional, it is nerve-wrecking yet romantic. It is simply epic.
And at heart of this is Bradley Cooper. A two-time Oscar nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper delivers the performance of a lifetime. He portrays Kyle has dedicated and focused on his job, but he also does everything in his power to train up his younger comrades in battle. He doesn’t kill because he can, but because he has to save his own. Throughout the film you can feel the tension and the emotions running through him, while being incredibly controlled.
I really am in awe of his performance, so if you get a chance, go and watch it, but just remember it’s not a goodnight story…