Watch American Sniper (2014) | Synopsis and Review

 Adapted from the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, written by Chris Kyle together with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice, the latest film directed by Clint Eastwood tells the story of the life journey of Chris Kyle, a sniper from the United States who is known as the deadliest sniper in the military history of the superpower. . The story script that was worked on by Jason Hall (Paranoia, 2013) itself provides a very wide space for the audience to get to know the personality of Chris Kyle and how war can affect the stability of his thoughts and emotions. Unfortunately, more than that, American Sniper is unable to provide another perspective on the world of war which ultimately makes the storytelling range of this film fail to appear stronger and deeper.


In many parts of the story, American Sniper focuses on the main character, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper). Chris Kyle's character is described as a man who since childhood has been forged with a conservative way of thinking by his father, ranging from views on religion, way of life to national attitudes. It was this forging that finally made Chris Kyle's character a formidable man and then volunteered himself to take part in the military when he saw that the United States was under the threat of terrorism. After going through various trainings, Kyle was finally chosen to go directly to Iraq after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Gradually, Kyle began to gain respect and even became the most reliable sniper in the United States military force. However, at the same time, the war also affected Kyle's mental health which obviously had a lasting effect on his life

The man includes Kyle's relationship with his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller).


The main focus that American Sniper gave to Chris Kyle's character could actually have been worked on by Eastwood with a more personal and dramatic storytelling tone. However, as can be felt in several other Eastwood-directed films, American Sniper undeniably has a fairly thick political content. This is where the gaps in the film's storytelling begin to emerge. Eastwood's conservative political views on war, heroism and love for the homeland tend to be present in a narrow and monotonous storytelling tone. This is why some parts of the American Sniper storytelling that are present without the presence of Chris Kyle's character feel boring. Eastwood's political content became a burden in itself because it failed to be developed better. Like many other politicians, Eastwood feels like campaigning for his own political views without ever feeling that the world is bigger than those views.


On the other hand, it is undeniable that Eastwood is also able to bring out the best performance from every side of the film. From the acting department, Eastwood is able to present the best acting performances from every line of cast. Bradley Cooper performed very, very impressively as Chris Kyle. This is Cooper's best acting performance in his film career to date, Cooper is able to animate every detail of the mental ups and downs of the character he plays so alive. Cooper's strong charisma makes Chris Kyle's character look so likable – regardless of his perspective on war – as well as touching when dealing with various problems in his life. Cooper brought American Sniper's storytelling to perfection. The chemistry he built with Sienna Miller was also very close and was able to make the personal side of the film more prominent. The help of strong performances from other supporting actors also succeeded in making American

Sniper appears with such a classy acting quality.


As a film that tells the story of the world of war, Eastwood is also able to present a technical setting that will be able to bring the audience into the midst of the war itself. Full of blood, explosions and the sound of bullets whirring, the technical appearance of American Sniper is so strong that it is clear that this film is in the ranks of the best films about the world of war that Hollywood has ever made. [B-]


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