From director Clint Eastwood comes AMERICAN SNIPER, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S.
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 SEAL creed to “leave no man 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. In 2009, Steven Soderbergh released an interesting little film called THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. But it finds itself at the eye of a political and social storm dividing liberals and conservatives about the nature of war, and the Iraq war in particular. The latest volley erupted in the twitterverse among a pack of Hollywood celebs. Ultimately, I felt that the movie’s agenda took center stage, and that agenda was to aggrandize those who put themselves in the line of fire, regardless of the politics that put them there. JOYCE'S CHOICES, your trusted guide to the best movies, theater, where to eat and have fun in Boston and beyond!
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. First, Seth Rogen was accused of comparing the movie to a Nazi propaganda film– which Rogen adamantly denies.


The movie is certainly well-made, convincingly directed, and features a subtle, authentic performance by Bradley Cooper who bulked up by 50 pounds to play the sniper, and apparently brings more complexity to the part than Kyle admitted to in real life. Might  the woman and the child be seen as civilians and on their home turf, simply defending themselves from us — the invaders? Once a soldier is thrust into war, the post traumatic stress is a necessary evil, and the sniper in order to complete the mission and save the lives of the those who become his family in battle, must dehumanize the enemy in order to save American lives.
I admire the bravery of those soldiers and the excruciating price they and their families pay, but question the larger forces which put them in the line of fire to begin with.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
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.
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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. But then is AMERICAN SNIPER to be praised for NOT ramping up the tension, essentially not titillating us with suspense, but instead wearing us down with the day to day corrosion of combat? I wish he had taken sharper aim at the deeper issues AMERICAN SNIPER inescapably sets its sights on. He speaks into his headset recounting what he sees, the clock ticking down, the stakes getting higher. Later, in between his four tours of duty when he returns stateside, and we see him holding his infant– we see the anguish and dissociation in his eyes.



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