Based on the memoir of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills (largely undertaken during four tours of the Iraq War). Directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper as the Navy SEAL and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya Renae Kyle.
At a young age, Texan-bred Chris was raised by his father to be a protector – a sheep dog among the sheep. Carrying that ideal to adulthood, Chris moves on from being a rodeo cowboy to life as a military sniper. Like many other Americans, he believes the war in Iraq is a simple matter of ‘good guys vs. bad guys’. But once deployed, the conflict proves to be more blurred than he anticipated, and as his ‘legendary killer’ reputation increases, so does the fragility of his state of mind. When his tour is over, the trauma stays with him, making life as a new father and husband all the more difficult.
American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Lead Actor for Bradley Cooper.
Best Sound Editing, Academy Awards 2015
2014Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb133 minsUSA
He might not make an impact with his portrayal of rugby (Invictus), spirituality (Hereafter) or larger-than-life figures (J. Edgar), but Clint Eastwood is a cine-messiah when crafting stories about war (Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima), pride (Million Dollar Baby) and erroneous depictions of what makes a man a legend (Unforgiven). Thankfully, American Sniper stays true to the finest aspects of his career.