Tuesday, 13 January 2015

American Sniper (2014)

This movie directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood  starring Bradly Cooper should have hit a bulls eye. It missed the target. Eastwood's direction lacks energy and Cooper is a cardboard action hero. Its not Eastwood's fault that the mess that was Iraq and the new chaos of ISIS are a strong counterpoint to the unquestioning patriotism profiled in the movie. Portraying the Iraqi people as savages was also over the top.

If it had not been a true story I might have flunked it. The Hurt Locker, Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty all cover the same ground with more authenticity and emotional connection.

Rotten Tomatoes saw a completely differant film and gave it 75%. Out of respect more than merit I will give it 60%. It may be this movie resonates better with Americans than Canadians.
Three Stars

Clint Eastwood is firing back at critics like me. He makes a valid point. This movie is the Snipers story. It was written that way and thats how he filmed it. No grey zones in the American fighting mans mind.

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  1. Finally watched it...and as someone from the Mid East you may guess that I hated it. But technically i thought it was a good film., but not good enough to be nominated. That slot should have gone to Interstellar.

  2. The reaction to this moive is way more significant than the actual movie. It will go down in history as the worst movie to ever do a Billion box office. I would love to see a counter movie with a plot focused on the Syrian Sniper. What motivated him, hating freedom?