Chris Kyle: American Sniper

What will most likely become the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time is not only a heartwarming inspirational true story about an American Hero, but also a look into the tragedies and heartbreaks of war. American Sniper follows the amazing story of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who was the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. Kyle served four tours in the Iraqi War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He was honorably discharged in 2009. Kyle’s bestselling autobiography American Sniper (of which the movie is based off of) was published in 2012. On February 2nd, 2013, Kyle was tragically killed by another veteran who he was trying to help that was suffering from PTSD Kyle is survived by his wife Taya, and two kids.

The movie was truly amazing. Griping and stunning performances by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, along with amazing directing from Clint Eastwood, combined for a remarkable movie. It was impossible to take your eyes off the screen, which was constantly filled with action, drama, and tragedy at every corner. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend doing so not only to watch a great movie, but also to learn the great story of Chris Kyle.

The film was a huge financial success at the box office, setting numerous box office records. It is currently the highest-grossing war film in North America, the sixth highest-grossing film of 2014 in North America and the 30th highest-grossing film of 2014 worldwide as well as Eastwood’s most successful film to date. The film received positive reviews from critics, but it has faced criticism from many for its controversial portrayal of Kyle as well as a pro war message. At the 87th Academy Awards, American Sniper received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and best actor for Cooper, and won an academy award for best sound.