‘American Sniper’ Review: Patriotic, Powerful, Fantastic

AMERICAN SNIPER

How often do you see liberal Hollywood put out a patriotic movie? Not a lot these days. However, did you know Clint Eastwood is one of the few non-liberals working in Hollywood? Yep, it’s true. He’s mostly a libertarian, but when it comes to presidential candidates, he always votes Republican. He is also one of the few true patriots in the entertainment industry. One example could possibly be his most recent film, American Sniper. The film is based on an autobiographical book of the same name by the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. It’s only January, but it’s an early contender to one of the best movies of 2015.

The film begins with Kyle (Bradley Cooper) getting ready for his first kill while fighting in the War in Iraq, a mother and child carrying a deadly grenade. As he is getting ready to shoot them dead, the film suddenly cuts back to Kyle’s childhood in Texas, where he is taught by his father how to hunt deer. We also see how as a young adult he gets into bull riding with his brother, but soon enlists in the Navy after watching the news of the terrorist attack that took place in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998. He later meets a woman named Taya Renae (Sienna Miller) at a bar, and eventually marries her after the tragic events of 9/11 take place. The film later reverts to Kyle killing the Mother and Child with the grenade, which proves to be successful. From there on, we see Kyle’s struggles to balance family life, and life in the line of duty. Through it all, the film shows how he and other soldiers fighting in the military risk their lives every day to protect our country, even if it means having to leave your family for 4 tours in Iraq. Not to mention, it also shows us how soldiers deal with having Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when they get back home. Despite a few stumbles here and there, the film is very well made, and is a heartfelt (though not appropriate for children due to its violence) tribute to a man willing to risk his life for the country he loved.

Films like this one prove that even though he’s 84 years old, and has been active in the film industry since the 1950’s, Clint Eastwood definitely shows he’s not ready to retire, not even close. American Sniper is yet another winner in his roster, and Eastwood himself proves that Hollywood still has patriots working there. I totally recommend American Sniper.

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