Basically, American Sniper is the true story of Chris Kyle, the American who killed the most people ever in his years as a NAVY seal, about how his ability with a gun made him a legend and a constant disruption to his relationship with his wife back at home, Taya. That's about it. Oh, and his adventures taking down terrorists in Iraq for fear of what they MIGHT do, not WILL do.
One of the many horrible elements here is how footage of the 9/11 attacks comes up, as it does in every movie about terrorism. And a one-second real life video of some American captive who died more than a decade ago? But did you know those were the only time any invasion from the enemy territory was brought up the entire movie? The filmmakers's laziness to use any interesting terrorist attack information that hasn't run it's course already couldn't be more clear. It happened in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit too, and that movie was terrible as well. This emptiness for our side gives us no reason to even see why these SEALs are advancing in. Early in the movie, Chris Kyle asks a mate who is contemplating about quitting if they want to see a tank or an Islamic gunfight in San Diego or New York. Um, yes, I actually did want that to happen so we could've had a reason for this whole movie.
The movie then goes into some action that would've made my heart pound harder if I gave a damn about any of the characters, and half the time I couldn't even tell where the shots were coming from. And all along the way, there are some kills from both sides, and Cooper says he swears they'll pay for what they did. Okay, that was a completely cliched and ironic line. One thing I did care about was Chris Kyle's wife Taya and her story with him, about her having to be left alone for months at a time. At least Kyle says he does it for his country and Taya sees it as just as much bullshit as we do. Speaking of which, he and Taya meet at a bar and she says she doesn't want to date Navy SEALs, and we spend the entire movie wishing she stuck to that point. One thing that should have been fine was this surprise attack by the Iraqs as the Americans are driving by while Kyle is talking with his wife about how he knows their baby is going to be a boy. It is, and the team shouts in triumph over that fact. No, that's not a good thing to put in your movie, that's one hundred percent sexist.
Now, something good that comes out of this are a few scenes where Kyle is looking at a little boy, two different ones per scene, and hoping he shouldn't have to kill him in case he attempts to pull an act against their men, and during these scenes, he waits. I don't think the enemy troops would do that, (even if this phoney and cheesy dinner scene says otherwise indirectly) and a little message Clint Eastwood is trying to portray here is that killing someone takes a chunk out of you, like when you are trapped in the Furnace Penitentiary hole for three days, but to relay this message you need acting - perhaps some overacting, but Bradley Cooper here is underacting. So is the entire group, all of which I didn't even bother to remember their names. Every time an American troop pulls a stealth kill here, it looks like they're trying to memorize a high school Geography statement and confused. Chris Kyle got a bounty on him in Iraq for 80 thousand dollars in real life, and in this movie, it turns into 180,000. The point is, he had a bounty on his head. No kidding. There's kind of a main bad guy here, though I didn't get his name either because it never got told or I wasn't paying attention.
I was expecting a big finale though, and I got sort of one, and the big ending is I suppose genuine but seriously! The filmmakers couldn't take a chance and just...you know what? I'm done talking.