American Sniper – 2014

“Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.”

I’m not really in to true story films but this seemed like it would have a bit more action in than most, a bit like The Lone Survivor did. Considering how highly rated this film was when it came out and how much money it made I was expecting a bit more from it. Clint Eastwood films are usually rather similar and this isn’t much different. Based on a true story but a concept we’ve all seen before, a little bit of action mixed with drama back home. An army film that ends with someone with PTSD is not original despite what everyone seems to think.

Casting wise I don’t think Bradley Cooper was strong enough to take on a lead role like this. I don’t really like him in anything at all and this was no different. His accent was appalling and kept changing throughout the film and it was ridiculously annoying so I just couldn’t take him seriously but the way the whole film was done didn’t help him.

The action scenes were actually not bad but when you watch a film that is in any way related to the military it is pretty much expected so it didn’t exactly redeem it. Again comparing it to The Lone Survivor just because I watched it recently and it’s a similar film, the action in American Sniper is pretty poor in comparison to that. Overall I wouldn’t recommend it but it made a huge amount of money and did well regarding awards so some people obviously liked it.

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