American Sniper | Movie Review 16 Jan 2015   279


Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes
Direction: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Biopic
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

Unnerving and tense, the trailer of this film opens to a remarkable scene, where an American sniper (Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle) is shown aiming at a suspicious woman and child in war-torn Iraq. The anxiety about whether he pulls the trigger brings a lump to your throat. It left us pumped up about the film and though it indeed comes close to meeting our expectations, somewhere, Eastwood’s biopic falls short of hitting the bull’s-eye, unlike its protagonist.
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The film follows the real life adventures of Chris Kyle, an American soldier stationed in Iraq during the Afghan invasion. Kyle is proficient in sniping out the enemy and goes on to become a war hero and a legend of sorts after garnering a record number of kills. To its credit the film opens with a bang – we’re plunged straight into the battle zone of Iraq where a tense scene is taking place.
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NDTV Movies:

As a young boy, which is to say before he grows up into a burly, bearded Bradley Cooper, Chris Kyle receives a lesson in life from his strict Texan father. The world, according to Dad, is divided into sheep, wolves and sheepdogs, those rare, righteous souls called to protect the innocent from the wicked.
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Cooper plays real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, on whose memoir the film is based. It’s a performance made up of long silences and several scenes of intense inner conflict that the actor conveys without a hint of sentimentality. Kyle, a Texan rodeo rider who served four terms of duty in Iraq, became known as the deadliest sniper in US military history, racking up a confirmed 160 kills. In one of the film’s most tense moments, Kyle, positioned on a rooftop in a war-ravaged landscape, contemplates – but only briefly – whether to take down an Iraqi woman and child who appear to be hiding a grenade. It’s a scene that tells us plenty about our protagonist.
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The Indian Express:

GOD, country, family, right? Chris Kyle tells a fellow SEAL in American Sniper. That pretty much defines Clint Eastwood’s work, where heroes are honour-bound men who see the world in clear rights and wrongs. It’s easy to see why he would like the real-life story of Kyle, an American sniper who came to be called “The Legend” for the maximum kills in US military history. Yes, somebody is keeping a count.
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