I spent my last day in Reno with friends, one of which I went to see Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with. In Eastwood’s latest film, real life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend that he never asked to be. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
It’s one of those powerful movie experiences when you walk out of the doors seeing the world a bit differently. American Sniper left that eerie feeling with me. Thankfully, most of us don’t know what it’s like to face the mental and physical challenges our troops and their families face during war. We’ve never been in the middle of a sand storm fire fight. This movie provides the viewer with a small glimpse into what our troops face overseas and stateside.
While Clint Eastwood didn’t break any ground with direction, he was a perfect choice for this film and did an incredible job telling Kyle’s story without putting politics on the screen. This is a rough story to watch no matter your political views. War is hell on all sides.
Bradley Cooper bulked up his shoulders and took on the very difficult role of Chris Kyle. And he played the role believably and with utmost respect to Kyle, his family and the Navy SEALS.
I believe you will walk out of the theatre with many thoughts after watching American Sniper. Personally, it brought many emotions about the courageous servicemen and their families that have touched my life.
American Sniper was very well made, however if you decide to see it be aware this is a very powerful movie about a serious subject, and includes some graphic wartime violence. It’s not for children, and not a replacement when the comedy you wanted to see is sold out.
To the Kyle family, all veterans and their families, thank you for your sacrifice and courage. Your stories inspire us to strive for peace.