Sunday, December 13, 2015

Movie review: American Sniper

Chris Kyle is a cowboy from Texas until one day deciding to serve his country in the military. Becoming a Navy SEAL, Chris finds he is an excellent sniper earning the nickname Legend due to his number of kills. But after a 4th tour Chris returns home to find urban life has its own challenges.

Bradley Cooper (Chris), Kyle Gallner (Goat-Winston), Cole Konis (Young Chris), Ben Reed (Wayne), Elise Robertson (Deby), Luke Sunshine (Young Jeff), Keir O'Donnell (Jeff), Marnette Patterson (Sarah).

American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood is the story of Navy S.E.A.L Chris Kyle who served in 4 tours to become a legendary sniper due to his skill and number of kills. It is obvious from the film that Chris' story has depth and emotion the film just doesn't quite bring it to life. Though entertaining, the competition between snipers is not well developed at all. Nor is his adjustment back to normal urban life. His shift however from saving people in a war to saving people after war is incredible and tugs at the heart strings.

Acting was good with Cooper really embracing the role with good energy and delivery. Robertson also did well and played nicely against, or with, Cooper. Gallner also did well bringing a different energy element to the film. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid throughout.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with an authentic feel and nice variety. Action scenes were sometimes difficult with such fast action it was hard to follow everything that was happening. Dialogue was good with some solid discussions about war and survival. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable with very good editing.

This was a solid effort from Eastwood and an enjoyable film. Though the 132 minute run time seems long, the film moves along well and holds attention along the way making the time fly. Those who enjoy military films or intense drama should enjoy this one.

With some graphic violence, mild sexuality, and foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 11.26.15
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Military Drama, Action, Biography

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