Lightning Review: American Sniper

Review #99

American Sniper movie posterSynopsis
US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) becomes a legend for his skills as a sniper. But when he is home with his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), he has a hard time leaving the war behind.

Review
There has been much controversy around American Sniper but I’m not going to get into all that. This is strictly going to be a review about this film as a piece of cinema. Now to be honest, the only reason I was interested in seeing this film was because it is directed by Clint Eastwood. Biopics aren’t usually my cup of tea but I must say that I rather enjoyed this film. Eastwood knew how to utilize the environment (both in and out of combat) to create tension. I constantly found myself needing to relax in my seat. Say what you want about this film, this is Bradley Cooper’s movie. He completely gets into the role of Chris Kyle and may be my favorite performance of his I’ve seen. Sienna Miller was great, too. Other than GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I haven’t seen any of her other movies, so I think I may be checking those out if I find the time. American Sniper is just as intense out of the action than in it, albeit more subtly, making it one unique movie experience.

Rating
4/5

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Clint Eastwood – Director
Jason Hall – Writer

Bradley Cooper – Chris Kyle
Sienna Miller – Taya
Kyle Gallner – Goat-Winston
Keir O’Donnell – Jeff Kyle
Ben Reed – Wayne Kyle
Cole Konis – Young Chris Kyle
Luke Sunshine – Young Jeff Kyle
Elise Robertson – Debbie Kyle
Kevin Lacz – Dauber
Jake McDorman – Biggles
Cory Hardrict – Dandridge
Eric Ladin – Case
Luke Grimes – Marc Lee
Sammy Sheik – Mustafa
Luis Jose Lopez – Sanchez
Brian Hallisay – Capt. Gallespie
Navid Negahban – Sheikh Al-Obodi
Mido Hamada – The Butcher
Max Charles – Colton
Madeleine McGraw – McKenna

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4 thoughts on “Lightning Review: American Sniper

    • Thanks, Dan. I agree, Eastwood does great to squeeze every bit of emotion he could from the film. He made it his way, despite of the discussion around it.

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  1. Sienna Miller has a small (and pretty forgettable) part in ‘Foxcatcher,’ which I’d recommend to you if you haven’t seen it already.

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