American Sniper (2014): Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller


Clint Eastwood:  American Sniper - “The biggest anti-war statement is what [war] does to the families left behind,” Eastwood said at Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards nominees breakfast, according to Variety, January 26, 2015


American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, is based on the autobiography, "American Sniper." Kyle was known as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history garnering the nickname "The Legend". This gut wrenching tale is directed by Clint Eastwood adding a hint of Western films to the horrific tragedy of war all the while illuminating the individual and family toll of the deadly conflict. The tale begins with Kyle, a bronco rodeo rider, decides to enroll into the grueling training program to become a United States Navy Seal at the age of 25.  Kyle participated in four intense tours of duty gaining the reputation as "The Legend" a.k.a. the leader in protecting the "band of brothers" on the battlefield.  Kyle embodied The Navy SEAL creed  to "leave no man behind" no matter the cost.  Kyle's wife, Taya, played by an unrecognizable  Sienna Miller,  is riveting as a wife raising children, while Kyle is away for extended periods.  Kyle's reputation grows and a price is placed on his head.  Upon completion of the tours, Kyle is faced with the harsh reality of the aftereffects of war and finds a new purpose.  Cooper is mesmerizing in this role and is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role

The movie is graphic, moving and delves into the horrors and terrors of war.  Eastwood was brilliant in painting a picture of the actions that affect humankind during combat.  Originally, Spielberg was set to direct and instead Eastwood filled the role and infused cinematic skill, vibrancy and a richness in the scope of the film.  The cinematic hues of the movie are drab and dull enhancing the overall frame of incomprehensible trepidation and fear to the audience.

American Sniper, though loosely based on a true story, with Hollywood twists apparently not in the original book, is filled with suspense and insight into the "art of war" and the abhorrent aftermath of destruction.  It leaves the audience questioning the purpose wondering why and how war comes to pass from generation to generation and continues forth.   The audience sits in stunned silence during the credits with tear rolling, questions brewing and thoughts of  "mans inhumanity to man". 

Chris Kyle - Awarded He received two  Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals

Written 400 Years Ago by William Shakespeare....

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
Henry V, Act IV Scene iii 18-67
William Shakespeare (1564 -1616)


 "American Sniper"  Trailer
Nominated for Best Picture


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