American Sniper (2015)

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Released:  Friday, January 16, 2015  
Length:  134 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Drama/Suspense
Rating: American Sniper is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


Synopsis

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend". However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to "leave no one behind." But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

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coreyanthony26
 Bradley Cooper Knows How to Fight Back in A Movie that is Super Inspirational to his Movie Fans Out There
03/06/2016 4:04 PM EST

jakew
 Watching this movie.
05/31/2015 6:53 PM EST

src40
 Great movie
05/04/2015 3:44 AM EST

nabil_aburas
 I love it
04/23/2015 9:31 PM EST

cwhatup
 Dope!
02/14/2015 12:55 AM EST

movieman24
 What a really great Movie it got me inspired thank you America Snipers for giving all of us Americas Freesom
01/31/2015 9:33 PM EST

sigmaone
 .
01/28/2015 1:36 PM EST

tanya_tyler7
 Heyy
01/26/2015 7:59 AM EST

blackhawks15
 It was a really really good movie and I would go see it again
01/26/2015 1:34 AM EST

harlezz47
 Yeh blaad
01/25/2015 6:28 PM EST

aaronistic
 I am really excited - @ljc surprised me with tix. Go !
01/24/2015 10:22 PM EST

ljc
 Preparing for an emotional 2 hours. @aaronistic has been looking forward to this movie.
01/24/2015 10:14 PM EST

arleigh_brooke
 I really liked the movie it was really cool
01/24/2015 10:02 AM EST

number_18
 Should be good. Howard Stern liked it! lol
01/24/2015 5:13 AM EST

number_18
 Should be good. Howard Stern liked it lol
01/24/2015 5:10 AM EST
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American Sniper Blu-ray Review


Critically acclaimed, and Academy award nominated, American Sniper heads to stores May 19th on Blu-ray/DVD/ Ultraviolet combo pack.  Based on Chris Kyle's autobiography, the movie makes you think beyond the typical war story.  While there are still the dead bodies, the film makes the audience think beyond the bullets to the human emotional toll that war takes on soldiers and their families.

Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper; The Hangover, Limitless) was never going to make it as a cowboy.  Roaming around Texas with his brother, Jeff (Keir O'Donnell,Dawn of The Planet of The Apes), he seemed to have no purpose until he walks into a military recruiting center.   Always a good marksman, Kyle decides to join up and train to become a member of the elite Navy Seals.

Sent to Iraq as a sniper, Kyle would ultimately return four times, killing countless enemies and earning the nickname "the Legend".  With over 100 confirmed kills, and on his way to a long and decorated military career, Kyle abruptly quits remaining stateside with his family.

American Sniper is intense to be sure.  Those moments before Kyle shoots his target are a calm before the explosion and you find yourself steadying your breathe right along with Cooper as he lines up the shot, inhales, exhales and pulls the trigger. 

It is also emotional, hard to watch and sobering. The atrocities of war are laid out in horrific ways and the story is gut wrenching as the audience watches Kyle struggle to acclimate back to civilian and family life each time he returns from Iraq.

There is a reason Cooper was nominated for a best actor Oscar.  He morphs from the thin, statuesque, handsome actor we know into a burly, stacked, and rough around the edges Texan who believes in God and Country while taking on the role of protector and leader.   He is part of the reason the film is so intense and he displays Kyle's every emotion with minimal movement and effort. It was truly a stand out performance worthy of the accolades he has received.

Almost equally as noteworthy is Sienna Miller (Casanova, Layer Cake) as Taya Kyle, Chris's wife.  Strong and confident, she is the glue that holds Chris together when he returns from war.  She is his "rock" and their love story is as much a part of the film as the tortured war hero is.  Miller handles herself well next to Cooper and their chemistry makes the romance believable.

The combo pack offers only two extras, The Journey of American Sniper and The Making of American Sniper.  Both featurettes run about 30 minutes in length and are absolutely worth watching.  Unlike many extras from other films, these give the audience a real insight into who Chris Kyle was and how involved the making of the film was.  The 1080p video and Dolby Atmos 7.1 Audio enhance the drama and intensity of this film in particular.  Every gunshot and all the action can be seen and heard in true clarity that helps immerse the audience into the world of a Navy Seal.

While elements of the film could be considered American propaganda and certainly have a bias slant towards America as the "hero" and Iraqis as the barbaric villains, the theme is really about the personal struggle soldiers and their families endure.  American Sniper brings that idea across beautifully and touchingly while telling the story of a real man who simply wanted to serve his country.

This is a film everyone should see and, luckily, the writing, directing and acting are excellent which makes seeing it even more worthwhile.  As far as war movies go, this one is really top notch.  Grade A-

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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploi...
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  • Chris Kyle was actually 25 when he joined the Navy, and not 30 as the film potrays him.