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American Sniper

American Sniper
  • 2014
  • US
  • 134 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman
  • UK release: 16 January 2015

Eastwood, noted for his kinship with the common soldier, is the ideal director for this true-life drama based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Cooper). Cooper continues to be impressive but the film unravels when it shows Kyle's home life, failing to engage with either marital or wider political issues.

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Clint Eastwood directs this biographical action thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Chris Kyle (Cooper) is renowned as the most talented and lethal sniper in U.S. military history with a record 160 kills to his name. When Kyle is sent to Iraq on a mission to protect his fellow Navy SEALs he finds that his flawless record and reputation precede him as he earns himself the nickname 'Legend' from his allies. After serving on four tours of duty, Kyle prepares to return home to his wife (Miller) and family but as he tries to adapt to suburban life he finds himself pining for war. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (Cooper) and won for Best Sound Editing.

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American Sniper

12 Jan 20153 stars

Sympathetic but simplistic true-life drama featuring a formidable Bradley Cooper

As a Republican Party stalwart, Clint Eastwood has never been shy of addressing the role of the military. From the gung-ho Heartbreak Ridge to his more thoughtful Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima double-header, Eastwood’s frontline sojourns…

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