Review: 6.8 out of 10 stars.
Decent acting by Cooper and he’s finally put of his over dramatic facial expression role.
The story is based on the life and book of Chris Kyle being a sniper as a NAVY seal, him being the eagle eye sniper and witnessed the deaths in his own hands, causing him to have flashbacks and revenge feeling when any one of his fellow SEALS were killed, a personal vendetta.
The movie focused more on his emotional state and somewhat on his brotherhood, interjecting the reasoning of using guns and justifying the killings. It portrays him as unable to leave his brothers behind rather than he had hatred towards the Iraqis. It attempted to show the unwillingness behind the killing other than revenge.
From a movie standpoint, Bradley Cooper has done a very good job, showing his acting skills when deeply disturbed without going all facially wild. This is also big thanks to Clint Eastwood’s directing, to add proper soundtrack at moments when things were heating up. The extreme dramatization of Kyle’s life made it watchable, even it felt a bit slow (132 minutes.)
However, from a non-entertainment standpoint, it is always unnecessary to show clips of the actual 9/11 attacks. It stirred feelings and was way too close to home. Capitalizing on tragedies to enrich a movie was totally uncalled for. A quick news reference would have been more than enough, and was it really the cause why Kyle joined the wars even when he joined the Navy back in 1999.
Fortunately, the director did steer the viewers along the way that maybe Kyle was no longer fighting the war, but a sniper helping his brothers.
The world is not black and white, and the movie certainly did the opposite, that there were only good and bad guys, and only good guys should live.
Keywords: drama, biography, war, action, book, moviereview