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Paulorsadv

Two words: Fake Baby.
4 years 8 months ago
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Borvaran

this shit got nominated to best film? no way.
4 years 9 months ago
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Chikamaharry

This felt rushed. They tried to squeeze in half of Kyles lifetime into one movie, and were just quickly jumping all over the place. They glossed over big parts of his life, especially the supporting cast. I also got no feel for Kyle as a person, which gives the movie little impact. Didn't care enough about anyone in this movie. I feel like this movie had been better off trying to narrow it's focus, give him more screen time with his family, or maybe his company in the army. This just didn't feel right in any sense. Doesn't focus on anything, and just ends up falling flat. There are some good action scenes in there, with just the right amount of grittiness and violence, but it doesn't help when you don't care about what happens to any of the characters.
4 years 10 months ago
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Francesco Leoni

I'm quite surprised no one commented this before, therefore let me start the ball rolling.
Three facts I believe to be true about it: first, it's below the average quality of Eastwood's directing, which I consider wonderful most of the time; second, even if so it's still quite enjoyable for those into war movies (though in a list of sniping-centered movies is beaten easily by titles such as "the enemy at the gates", in my opinion); thirdly, at the end of the day it seems to me that all the conflictual elements explored during the narration, about war and its consequences on those involved in it, are wiped out by a big republican american ideology on the lines of "you gotta do what you gotta do". spoiler
4 years 10 months ago
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lachyas

Enjoyable, although a little unremarkable, war movie with visceral, well-filmed action scenes and a career-defining performance from Bradley Cooper. Unfortunately the film is so fixated on keeping Cooper's character Kyle in its sights that it misses many of the broader areas of moral ambiguity surrounding the war and his actions, as well as completely neglects all the supporting characters, none moreso than Kyle's wife played by Sienna Miller.

This would be fine if the movie worked primarily as a character study of its protagonist, like The Hurt Locker, which it clearly takes a lot of inspiration from, but the issue is that the brief glimpses we get into Kyle's psyche are generally heavy-handed and cliched (staring at a blank television, really?). Compounding this is the fact that the final moments of the film were clearly designed based on the assumption that the audience knows how the story ends, but for those who don't (which I would think would be the majority of non-American viewers), the ending will feel bizarrely rushed and anti-climactic, and nowhere near as powerful as it could have been if handled in a more traditional way.

This being said there's a lot to like here, much of it centered around Cooper's take on Kyle and Eastwood's tense, tight, and decidedly unflashy direction. The level of grittiness is just right, the flashes of violence are impactful and gutwrenching, and an overwhelming sense of sadness and bitterness lingers the whole way through the tale, leaving you unsure of whether the movie is pro-military, anti-war, or both.
4 years 10 months ago
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scorpia11

An American Patriots wet dream. Behind the dogma is an overly drawn out film, kept afloat by a great performance from Cooper.
4 years 10 months ago
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MrDoog

I enjoyed this one. Nicely paced, good direction, decent acting and it tells an interesting story.

My main criticism would be the fact that apart from a bit of PTSD, Kyle is depicted as a practically flawless individual both as a soldier and a man. Even then, his one difficulty readjusting stems from those fellow americans he wasn't able to save - it's just a little too perfect.
4 years 10 months ago
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popfactor

This film is essentially a live-action version of Team America.
4 years 9 months ago
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Tiago Costa

Have you ever seen a film that you knew you would dislike, but were honestly surprised by how horrible it actually is?

A film doesn't need to be entirely subtle, but Eastwood seems to be unable to tell this story without shouting and underlining every damn thing. An unfaithful girlfriend yells “I do this for attention, don’t you get it!?” immediately after being caught. Eastwood zooms in on Kyle’s furious face while watching footage of the 9/11 attacks on television and later does the same with his wife while she sees news reports about the war while expressing concern for his safety.

I have never liked Eastwood as a director. His films are so bland and lifeless, without any passion whatsoever. It never feels like he cares. His films feel so very drained.

This script is truly abysmal.

I did not want to finish it, but I simply had to. Despising a movie called American Sniper is expected of me. I watched it from beginning to end and now feel completely horrible.

Chris Kyle is easily one of the least likable characters in film history. He’s a total scumbag and not an interesting one. He was a mass murderer. Not a hero. Bradley Cooper is a fantastic actor and not even he can make this man interesting in any way. The man is evil.

It may not be quite as “AMERICA FUCK YEAH!” as it could have been, but the film’s complete ineptitude as a character study is embarrassing. You can feel Cooper trying to make him as complex as possible, but there's just nothing there.

The action scenes couldn't be any duller. The cinematography is yawn-inducing. The score is terrible. There is nothing of merit here.

My soul felt absolutely filthy while watching this.
4 years 7 months ago
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lisa-

this film is vile, vile, vile. it's a celebration of america's small successes in iraq, a lament over the colossal damage US soldiers sustained whilst there, and above all, a vicious indictment of the subhuman scum that inhabit that godforsaken country. it just smashed the US january box office record, received an A+ cinemascore, and is raking it in the world over. it is mandatory viewing for antiwar advocates, if only to destroy any fondness one might feel toward humanity.
4 years 10 months ago
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neiba

@leashkid: I agree with everything you said...But this movie is not a Tarantino's, it's Clint Eastwood! You wouldn't be saying that if it was a Tarantino's!
4 years 9 months ago
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lekast

americans: goooood! others: baaaaad....Clint starts to get too old, sadly.
4 years 6 months ago
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arielnano

Wow. I didn't realise how bad this movie would actually be. Bad script. Unremarkable performances. Black and white mentality of a war with so many grey areas. Lazy. Racist. And for a film that's actually about PTSD and family than it is about war, it certainly didn't even dig into that issue. Eastwood has done many great films but I felt like this is one of his laziest ones.
4 years 10 months ago
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Withnail33

Previous comments hit this one on the mark - a very pro-American feel and not much emphasis on the character of Chris Kyle. Cooper does an excellent job and some scenes are very well-paced and intense. However, the film falls to many war movie cliches. It felt like a mix of Black Hawk Down and The Hurt Locker.
4 years 10 months ago
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Jashezilla

I liked it. Cooper did a great job.
2 years 11 months ago

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