American Sniper Review


By Melanie Jenkins on January 27th, 2015:

From director Clint Eastwood, American Sniper is a story about family, sacrifice and a soldier’s loyalty to his country. The movie is based off of the original autobiography written by former U.S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and tells the story of how he became one of the most lethal snipers in American history. Through four combat deployments, American Sniper shows the struggles that soldiers are faced with when out on the field, as well as when they return home.

American Sniper was nominated for six Oscars – including Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published – as well as 17 other nominations. It also won the Heartland Film award for Truly Moving Picture award, on top of five other awards. 308555id1i_TheJudge_FinalRated_27x40_1Sheet.indd

Reviews for American Sniper have ranged from fairly positive, saying that the film is patriotic, to more negative critics who say that the film contained many Islamophobic themes. The more extreme critics say that the movie was released too close to the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo printers in France by Muslim terrorists, and that the movie was purposely released at that time in order to incite hatred towards terrorists. Still, there are many people who say that American Sniper is a great film that helps show soldiers struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as their hardships while overseas.

From a personal point of view, American Sniper was an okay movie that left the audience with a lot to think about.

On one hand, the actors really enabled the viewers to get into the film, but the movie’s content was less than desirable at times. Yes, American Sniper is a film about war that was, in some ways, supposed to make people feel uncomfortable, but there are only so many scenes of gun fire, screaming and murder that people can sit through before feeling a little put off.

There was also the problem of the movie’s pacing; it seemed as if too much was packed into the film’s final 40-minutes. Instead of layering out Kyle’s recovery from PTSD, viewers were given 20-minutes of screen time with Kyle helping at a camp for injured war veterans, which immediately lead to a PTSD free Kyle who was happily living life again. If one complaint could be said, it would be about the rush of character growth near the movie’s ending.

Overall, a film that some will enjoy, but other will find fault with. It’s by no means a flawless piece of work, but it would be perfect for somebody who wants to watch a patriotic movie about an American sniper.