Loosely based on the story of sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a decorated Iraq War veteran. Directed by Clint Eastwood the story unfolds in the aftermath of 9/11, when Kyle decides to leave his wife and children to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL.
“Eastwood pulls us into the chaos of war without having to resort to shaky handheld cameras- The first 110 minutes of American Sniper represent masterful cinema – taut, smart, formidable stuff. Unfortunately, the movie stalls during its final twenty minutes…” –Reelviews –James Berardinelli
“Clint Eastwood’s second film of 2014 is his best in a number of years, as it infuses an ostensibly gung-ho and patriotic story with an underlying pain and melancholy of a sort that echoes the director’s other works about the wages of violence.” –The Hollywood Reporter -Todd McCarthy