American Sniper

2015 • 132 minutes
4.4
13.4K reviews
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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and,as stories of his courageous exploits spread,he earns the nickname “Legend”. However,his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines,putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger,as well as the toll on his family at home,Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq,personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife,Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller),and kids,Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
4.4
13.4K reviews
Tim Rogen
September 16, 2015
I realize some people would consider this movie almost like American propaganda, glorifying it's soldiers in war. The last scenes in this movie, about the funeral and procession, may reflect this aspect, yet I was left with mixed thoughts and feelings. First, he was a decent person, average good guy. During training in the army he is thought to hate his enemy, dehumanizing them, viewing them as "savages". Second, his loyalty to his fellow soldiers is so great, that he struggles to deal with those casualties who couldn't prevent; yet he acts with a certain discipline while on duty. When he goes back home, however, he feels he doesn't have a purpose, he doesn't fit in anymore. He is not able to find the person he used to be. This reminds me of the fact that almost all, if not all, soldiers are changed through war. War makes us less human. Third, some of the assignments he is given, along with his chosen way of solving them... in most cases using his rifle, gives me a feeling of less righteous warfare. This story teaches that war always becomes messy, with justice and truth among the first casualties...
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Henco Pretorius
February 27, 2016
My father recently passed away and this movie helped me understand why he lived his life after he retired from the South African Police Service back in '98. The story of Chris Kyle is very insperational and I wouldn't say the film is American propaganda. The movie has a very diverse audience, I mean while I was reading other comments five stars where given from Mexicans to Russians.
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Theresa Lorricka Roberts
May 24, 2016
I'm south African and I salute Chris Kyle,,,,the best sniper ever. Base on the book and the movie America lost a great sniper....may ur soul rest in peace sir.....and 2 those who said he killed innocent ppl bullshit he did his job perfectly 2 protect his fellow brothers!
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