Let’s talk about movies: American Sniper (2014) shot me and…I liked it!

By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 8.4/10

Directed by: Clint Eastwood.

Written by: Jason Hall, based on the book Chris Kyle written by Chriss Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

Genre: War, biography and drama.

MPAA Rating: R (Contain some adult material. Parents are urged to know more about the film before taking their young children with them).

Starring: Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle) and Sienna Miller (Taya).

Running Time: 134 minutes.

Clint Eastwood is like a good bottle of cabernet sauvignon that keeps the fresh, bright fruit flavors of the grape intact. With American Sniper (2014), he only needed one minute to make me hold my breath, catch my attention and intensify my senses. Yes, only one minute, the first minute when Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle), the most accomplished and lethal sniper in U.S. military history, is aiming his weapon at an Iraqi young boy holding a grenade near his platoon. A quick decision should be taken: To kill him or wait and see if the boy only wanted to hand the grenade over to the American soldiers.

     I cannot tell you what Kyle did.

     But I can tell you what Eastwood did: A clever and incredible match-cut that will make a comparison (and somehow a parallelism) between this nerve-racking scene and the moment when he was learning how to shoot in his childhood. Observe that moment carefully. And during the movie, observe how some marksmen took their job in Iraq as another day in another war while Chris Kyle looked almost to be obsessed with protecting the soldiers’ lives. Observe the sandstorm and the uncertainty about Kyle: He could make it or not. Then you will be able to understand why I rated this absorbing and tense movie higher than other film critics.

     American Sniper (2014) is based on a true story, on a book written by Chris Kyle and other authors. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was (is) considered an American hero. Since the plot is well known, to make the movie look original is very difficult indeed. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Flags of our Fathers (2006) speak themselves about Eastwood’s ability to direct war films. With American Sniper (2014) we should add another great film to his brilliant career.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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