American Sniper Shows How the Horrors of War Often Hit Home
By Harsha Rampersaud, Senior Writer
Without the usual depiction of war as something glorious, “American Sniper” ,with Bradley Cooper starring as American war-hero Chris Kyle, is set up to show the harsh realities of warfare. Directed by East Clintwood, this film has made the most money of the main Oscar contenders, pulling in $395.4 million globally being the widest release opening in 3,885 theatres.
With much of the story pulled from Chris Kyle’s autobiography, this film especially depicts how his home in America was a danger to Kyle rather than the battlefield itself overseas in war-torn Middle East. Chris sees himself as someone whose job is to fight off evil which is manifested in the terrorists he kills. He believes that it is his duty to protect American military personnel. Without his placement in Iraq, Chris presumes that Americans are dying for no reason. He won’t stop protecting his fellow soldiers and fighting for his country even as his wife, Taya continuously asks for that same protection and rapport for her kids and herself.
A major aspect of this movie is the spirituality in the sense that Chris seems to be a sincere Christian. He carries a Bible everywhere he goes and even has a huge Crusader cross tattooed on one of his arms. Though he says he believes in “God, country, family”, Chris stole a Bible from a church bench when he was a kid and one of his fellow Navy SEALs tells Chris that he’s never actually seen him open the book. We also see a pastor that recites verses from the Acts that relate to spiritual judgement.
American Sniper isn’t just about Chris Kyle’s valor and dedication to serve his country, it is also about the tremendous toll and impact the war had on many lives. This film lets its viewers to become entangled in all of the events that the soldiers underwent and faced. The audience gets a sense of what a soldier’s daily life consisted of and can almost feel the same sentiments as these men.
American Sniper was nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bradley Cooper), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
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