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One of those films is the Clint Eastwood directed American Sniper, a war autobiography on the life of the deadliest marksman in United States military history, Chris Kyle. The film is based off of Kyle's 2012 autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Since its release, American Sniper has received six Academy Awards nominations.
The main plot of the film focuses on Kyle's four military tours in Iraq. After the United States embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998, Kyle enlists to become a Navy SEAL. He demonstrates impressive skills as a long distance marksman and is designated the primary marksman once he is sent out to the Iraqi city of Fallujah. His objective is to kill anyone that is an immediate visible threat to the United States forces. Throughout his career, Kyle is credited with 160 kills by the Pentagon and earned the nickname, 'Legend', among his fellow servicemen.
| Chris Kyle.|
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|Bradley Cooper portrayed|
Chris Kyle in American Sniper.
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|Siena Miller portrayed|
Tara Kyle in the film.
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The supporting characters are also presented very well, but there is no doubt that Cooper is the star of American Sniper. Cooper has been in many successful movies over the last few years, such as The Hangover series, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. But his performance in American Sniper is without a doubt the performance of his career.
|Director Clint Eastwood|
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However, the quieter moments, such as when Cooper is sitting alone in a dive bar near the end of the film, are full of pure raw emotions that capture the fragility of human character, the mind and our subconsciousness. Eastwood accurately presents Kyle as a fragile American hero that never wanted to be a legend. But instead to just be a man who was willing to protect the country that he loved.
A few weeks ago, I saw the film Unbroken and was relatively pleased in the way that it positively portrayed its own American war hero. And yet, American Sniper completely blows Unbroken out of the water. Where Unbroken is a film about a war prisoner who defies all odds to endure and outlast his enemies, American Sniper showcases a more sobering take on a soldier's experiences at war and when they return home. It helps that American Sniper contains subject matter that is still relevant today due to the recent threats of danger from terrorist groups, like ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
Unlike Unbroken, American Sniper wasn't a film that was full of inspirational cliches and it succeeds at taking the entire theme and tone of the film in an entirely different direction.
This is an emotionally RAW film that makes you think and leaves you in a state of mind that you didn't expect to be in when you first arrived to the theater. American Sniper could possibly be viewed as a masterpiece years down the road. Both Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper were masterful in their performances behind the camera and on screen, respectively. This is the best film that I have seen in years and it could be a film that stands the test of time.
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