American Sniper is more than a war movie

Title: American Sniper

Starring:  Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle.

Plot: Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a Texan cowboy who finds his purpose when he joins the U.S. military after 9/11. He marries and fathers two children with his wife Taya (Sienna Miller), but is compelled to do four tours of duty—about 1000 days—in Iraq. Following the events of his life, Chris Kyle dies when he is murdered by another veteran whom he is trying to help.

Why see it: The film explores the issues of what constitutes justice in a fallen world, the nature of duty and heroism, and how much control we as individuals have over our lives. American Sniper has been called more of a western than a war film for its attempts to be apolitical and its focus on justice in an imperfect world. However, it is more of a drama than a western or a war film; it chronicles one man’s struggle with his sense of duty to his country after 9/11, the familial chaos engendered by his four tours in Iraq, and his own horror at the barbarism of radical Islam in Iraq. This film is an exercise in story-telling that is not to be missed.

Rating: ★★★

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