American Sniper – Movie Review

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Genre & Length: War/Action/Based on a true story, 132 minutes.

The Blurb:

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. 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.

My Thoughts

Plot & Pacing: I heard mixed reviews about this movie long before I went to see it, and I do want to say right now that I haven’t read the book. I honestly had to Google Chris Kyle to find out more about the actual person.

The reviews I heard varied, often based on someone’s political leanings, which wasn’t really surprising.

The extremes on both ends of the spectrum made me wonder if I watched the same movie as those other people did.

This is a war movie. Whether or not the war is being waged directly against the United States, you have to be literally living under a rock to not know that the Middle East is in turmoil – and it would be whether there were US Armed Forces present or not.

But more than just a war movie, it is a movie about a man and his family. War is always brutal – always. It doesn’t matter what the cause is. Even in the most righteous of circumstances, the fact that at least one involved party would rather kill than bend makes that a reality.

And that brutality has a cost – especially for this directly involved on the front lines. These days, we know it as PTSD.

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In many ways, that’s what this movie is really about. It’s not about the rights or wrongs of war – it’s about what it does to the soldiers fighting in it. It’s about what it does to their families. But it’s also about how that cost doesn’t have to be everything. A family can still survive – and thrive – despite the tragedy.

Pacing-wise, this movie did not feel nearly as long as it was, so that’s a definite plus.

Casting: I wasn’t familiar with any of these actors before seeing this movie, but I felt all the characters were portrayed well.

Music/Sound Effects: It’s no Lord of the Rings soundtrack, that’s for sure, but it wasn’t bad. Just… not memorable, at least to me.

Special Effects: People die in gruesome ways. I have no idea if they were true-to-reality portraying these types of injuries, but it was close enough for my imagination.

Would I watch it again: Probably not, but only because these are the types of films that I can only handle watching once, emotionally.

One thought on “American Sniper – Movie Review

  1. My husband wants to see this movie. But, with his PTSD I have to prescreen movies like this. The plot and pacing, to me, was extremely rushed. It was all over the place and didn’t find it held my attention. I heard a lot about this movie, as most everyone, because of all the hype. But also because it was a major thing in the veteran caregiving community. All the caregivers who prescreened it for their ww that I saw were enamored by it. While it held a lot of familiar situations, it only briefly touched on them. Someone who is not a part of the military community would still not understand all the emotions involved in deployments, from either side. This movie, I believe, I can let my husband watch. Now, if you want to see, and feel, a true to life movie about a deployment that can trigger PTSD, The Lone Survivor is that. That movie I cannot let my husband watch.
    Jamie (LadyJai) Dement

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