American Sniper

American Sniper

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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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. 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros. : Village Roadshow Pictures, [2015]
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY AMERICAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Atmos 7.1,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,Blu-Ray,1080p High Definition

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I held my breath for the whole two hours.


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Punnoval
Oct 28, 2018

Since this is a Clint Eastwood movie, it can only be about one thing - revenge, but a very one-way revenge - the hero is always the one wronged. Consequently all those "ragheads" are committing inhuman atrocities; not Eastwood's hero.
There are many things here that run against the actual activity in Iraq:
1. If there are any signs of enemy activity, the positions are radioed to HQ and the planes bomb the crap out of it.
2. Almost all US fatalities were due to booby-traps and not head to head fighting.
3. No sentimentality allowed - all moving humans are legitimate targets. See Bradley Manning's leak of the infamous US helicopter attack on civil rescue personnel. The refusal of the hero to shoot children is a total bunch of hokum.

Since this is a macho fantasy, why wasn't the soundtrack done by Toby Keith - whose specialty is singing songs about whacking ragheads.

The only (potentially) good part in this story is sloughed off - the ending where the hero (Kyle) is offed by another war veteran.

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pauliek
Sep 13, 2018

I thought this was a gripping movie. Its hard to imagine the impact that war brings to a warrior and his or her family, and I think this movie did good to try and depict that personal cost. I didn't think the movie glorified war, but of course only portrayed the perspective of the US soldiers and the pain they endured doing their job for their country. Eastwood did a great job with this movie. From the comments I guess you either loved it or hated it. The story was a tough one, but was well presented.

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Nooksack20
Aug 27, 2018

This movie was well done and entertaining, especially for those who have served during war time. It is clear that the weak-knee'd liberals dislike it for political reasons, as well as their aversion to military, veterans, and those who love our country. It brings to the screen typical Clint Eastwood dedication to reality which many would prefer to avoid in their well insulated lives. Highly recommended.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

Great biopic about Chris Kyle.

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CrewCutKen
Oct 06, 2017

It really figures that this piece of cinematic junk was directed by that total Donald Trump supporter, Clint Eastwood, who, at 87 years of age, is obviously going quite senile.

neyoscribbles Apr 21, 2017

This film seems to be an insightful character study of a solider even though it is typically American/Hollywood in that it neglects to show even a glimpse of the other side. (Aside from painting the other side as purely heartless and evil). And though this is based on an autobiography and the ending was terribly unfortuate and heartbreaking, I hope viewers can grasp the effect of war on a countrys' citizens. Patriotism aside, it is not whether a person makes it back alive or not, it's how horrendously war ruins a person, a family and it's country. At least for Hollywood purposes, I think the ending was beauitful in illustrating that you don't just survive a war simply because you made it back alive.

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jeffi22
Apr 17, 2017

Interesting, might have to read the book. i like it wasn't pro or anti war (although definitely Iraqi = evil) but how it affects soldiers even if it was necessary. a little predictable/cliché /nothing super amazing (granted already knew the story) but good acting

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TwilightBlue
Feb 03, 2017

At 87 years old - It's time for Clint Eastwood (as a director) to retire.

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Daveinportland
Dec 25, 2016

I felt this was one of the worst military movies made in many years. Bradley Cooper acts very well, but this film was just beyond stupid. From how the characters interacted, to the tactics employed, to Kyle's own delusional self grandeur. For as much hype as this film received, it really was horrible in almost ever way.

It's a shame the film did not cover some of his blatantly false and easily dis-proven claims like shooting looters in New Orleans or killing car-jackers.

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Me_Tarzan
Nov 02, 2016

(*Most demented "fatherly advice" movie-quote*) - "Remember... There are only 3 types of people in this world. Wolves. Sheep. (and) Sheepdogs."

If you ask me - I'd say that "American Sniper" was just another "American Psycho" - Only this time around all of the murderous carnage that was carried out by this particular American madman was actually being applauded and condoned due to it being committed in the name and the glory of war.

What really killed me about this callously pedestrian "Clint Eastwood" production was that - Once the American war-vets/bad-ass jocks were back on home turf (after all of the murdering that they had been involved in overseas) - They still wanted to shoot at things with their beloved rifles. (stroke. stroke)

And, speaking about that over-praised film-maker, Clint Eastwood - In a recent interview he sneeringly spoke of today's generation (the very generation of young men who fought in the Iraqi war) as being (*quote*) "the pussy generation"... And so, with that in mind - I ask you - What sort of hypocritical statement is this 2-faced director making when he produces a film that glorifies, admires and respects a generation of Americans whom he clearly despises?... Like, hello!? - That sure seems pretty screwy to me.

Anyway - This "big-bad-sniper-turns-crybaby" movie was so shamelessly padded out with endless battle scenes and snivelling "back home" soap opera that it all really boiled down to having no valid story at all.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

Chris Kyle: I'm not redneck; I'm Texan!

Taya Renae Kyle: What's the difference?

Chris Kyle: We ride horses, they ride their cousins.

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solo1440
Jun 30, 2016

“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs,” the father intones gravely. “Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.”
He continues:
“Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.”

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jimg2000
Jan 02, 2016

Wayne Kyle (Chris's father): There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you've got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They're the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.
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Chris Kyle: I'm not redneck; I'm Texas!
Taya Renae Kyle: What's the difference?
Chris Kyle: We ride horses, they ride their cousins.

alera Jun 24, 2015

If you think that this war isn't changing you you're wrong. You can only circle the flames so long.

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JihadiConservative
Aug 21, 2015

Violence: Violence is also a huge part of why the film is R. People get shot with large amounts of blood and brain spraying the walls ect...However, it is not overly gory such as Black Hawk Down and such. A little boy get drilled through the head by a power drill. Many intense shootings with blood, and brains. Watch with caution.

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JihadiConservative
Aug 21, 2015

Coarse Language: The main reason why the film is rated R is because of the endless and pervasive language throughout. F*ck, was used in just about every sentence (at least four uses per min) Additionally, Coc*sucker is used, Di**, Pric*, S**t, Bitc* and so much more. This may be a turn off for a lot of the audience.

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JihadiConservative
Aug 21, 2015

Sexual Content: There are two scenes of sexuality in the film. One is right in the beginning when Kyle catches his girlfriend cheating on him. F**k is used many times in this scene. There is no nudity. You just see his GF in a bra. The other scene is a lady seducing a man with only a bra and panties on.

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JihadiConservative
Aug 21, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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