Flash Movie Review: American Sniper

There are some individuals who have a natural ability or gift to perform a particular skill. In my old neighborhood there were a couple of boys who in school were the fastest when it came to running. Now there are other people who excel at a particular function but it is only after years that were filled with practice and determination. In some societies children are observed and evaluated to see if they have a certain skill that could be nurtured in them so it will continue to grow. I knew a woman who pushed her daughter for years in the field of dance; taking her to every audition, from one instructor to another as the little girl’s talent continued to expand. This went on over 15 years. However, as the daughter matured her desire lessened to the point where she did not want to do anything that involved dance. Though she had aptitude and skill for dance, her mother did not look at one other essential element: the heart, the desire for it. I know even with myself if my heart is not into what I am doing, I will lose interest quickly. The heart is the fuel for the engine of motivation.    SKILLED with a rifle since a young age Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), joined the military and became a Navy Seal. His love of country along with his special skills made him a legend in the eyes of his fellow Seals. It did not go unnoticed by the enemy who put a bounty on his head. Directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River), this film festival winner and Oscar nominated action drama was based on a true story. Bradley was amazing in the role, having to pack on 40 pounds of muscle to play Chris. I did not recognize Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher, Casanova) at first who played his wife Taya; she also did a wonderful job of acting. This movie was intense to watch with scenes of violence and bloodshed; especially when the character the Butcher, played by Mido Hamada (Unknown, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), had a hand in it. The story is an incredible one; however, I am not sure the movie was on the same level. I say this because there were times where I had wished there would have been more development to the characters, to try and understand their motives. From what I saw on screen, I felt the characters needed to be more complex. Initially I was not fond of the ending; but having discovered afterwards it was done due to legal reasons, I am not listing it as a major complaint. It was obvious a lot of heart and thought was put into the making of this picture.


3 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 19, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Fine review. It has been interesting to see the wide range of reactions to this movie.

  2. It’s rather sad legal obligations made the move ending less than satisfactory, but given it is a film made from a book from a true story, that probably could not be mitigated for the movie. Nice review, thank you.

  3. Ho visto questo film e non mi è piaciuto, specialmente il finale.
    La trama e i dialoghi sono troppo stereotipati e !americanizzati” per i miei gusti.
    Avrei preferito una trama più introspettiva e meno “mainstream”

    • Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. I understand what you mean regarding the stereotyping. There needed to be more character development in my opinion. I hope you can find another film to your liking before the Oscars. Best regards.

  4. i can’t agree more about the movie lacking on the development of characters. only briefly touching on his brother jeff, who still continues to work with veterans and foundations that chris had started, barely touching on the hardships of his wife and family while he was deployed, and not even a mention of his friend, chris littlefield , who was killed along side him at the gunrange . there was another inaccuracy that deeply disturbed me. although not a veteran myself, I have been a part of way too many military funerals. you never present the flag to the family with the point facing the family! I was taught by veterans the easiest way to remember it, never stab the family in the heart with the flag, their heart is already filled with enough pain. I guess I have to remember, this was a movie, not a documentary.

    • I truly appreciate your input regarding this film. I was very curious to have someone comment on it who read the book. It is obvious the book must be a whole lot better. Thanks for the comments to share with everyone.

  5. I have not seen this yet but with all the surrounding beyond the film coverage I see this is a must.

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