Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
“American Sniper” takes a look at the psyche of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (strongly portrayed by Bradley Cooper) in a film based on true events. Chris’ father told him and his younger brother while they were growing up that there are three kinds of people in the world: wolves (evil), sheep (innocent) and sheepdogs, and the sheepdogs are the protectors of the sheep. Responding to terrorism, Chris enlists in the military and becomes a Navy SEAL. It’s during this period that he meets Taya (Sienna Miller) at a bar and soon marries her. He is deployed on the day of their wedding.
Chris becomes a super-efficient sniper, killing soldiers and, in some cases, women and children before they kill American soldiers with explosives and other weapons. Chris becomes a legend to his fellow soldiers. However, following several extended tours the horrors of war begin to get into his head and he changes by becoming more and more withdrawn. His wife feels the bitter pain of seeing what the war is doing to him.
A former Syrian Olympic sharpshooter named Mustafa (Sammy Sheik) is taking out American soldiers in large numbers and Chris becomes determined to end Mustafa’s life and to protect his fellow soldiers from the wolf. However, there will be much carnage for him to go through as he attempts to put an end to Mustafa’s terrorism.
This movie contains stark and disturbing images of war with a lot of blood, including a man hung up with chains and bloodied, a decapitated head on a shelf, body parts in cold storage, women and children shot, and a huge number of soldiers killed. It is unsettling to watch. The language is also strong and constant. The writer apparently liked the “F” bomb a lot, in addition to “GD” and other strong profanities. Despite its patriotic theme and Cooper’s powerful performance, we are unable to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.