Release Date: Friday January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
Running Time: 132 Minutes
In what is, perhaps, one of the most important roles of his career thus far, Bradley Cooper portrays a Texan cowboy who feels the call to serve God & country in “American Sniper”.
Deeply impacted by the terror attacks on the United States of America, thirty-something Chris Kyle knew he needed to make a difference and so he left his home and life as a traveling bull rider to join the Navy SEALs where he became one of the greatest snipers in US History.
In this true story, audiences watch as Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), serves in four tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom helping to protect countless soldiers and complete his mission overseas. Director Clint Eastwood excels in bringing the gravity of war to the big screen reminding us all of the sacrifice the men and women in uniform make on a daily basis during combat. More so, Eastwood (along with the entire cast) depicts the impact that war can have when our soldiers come home.
Struggling with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in the aftermath of war, Kyle finds that he can’t let go of Iraq in between deployments, impacting his home life and family. It isn’t until his fourth tour down range that Kyle recognizes his need to come home. Upon his return to the states, Kyle begins to seek help for his disorder and connects with other veterans to promote mental health.
This true story captures the difficulties of our soldiers and brings to light a topic that is often brushed under the rug. It’s rare to sit in a full, silent theater as the credits roll at the close of a movie but that’s exactly what happened with “American Sniper”. I believe that’s a testament to how impactful this film really is.
Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “American Sniper” a 4.3498293892 with an emoticon-based sub-ranking of “Wow.”