Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER - the first great movie of 2015?

2015 is already looking like a promising year for movies considering that Clint Eastwood's latest film, AMERICAN SNIPER, opens a mere three weeks into the new year. Based on the 2009 autobiography written by Chris Kyle, AMERICAN SNIPER concerns his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL and, with 160 confirmed kills and nearly 100 more unconfirmed, his ensuing notoriety as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. Sadly, after a career that included four tours of Iraq and more medals and commendations imaginable, Kyle was gunned down at a shooting range in Chalk Mountain, Texas just four years after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.
Judging by the just-released trailer, Eastwood has crafted an extremely tense but thoughtful film that chronicles the hard decisions combat soldiers must make when caught in a moral quandary. Bradley Cooper plays the intensely focused but conflicted title character and Warner Bros has wisely chosen to feature a continuous but agonizingly suspenseful scene from the movie instead of the usual "sizzle reel" approach.
AMERICAN SNIPER looks to be the perfect marriage between director, leading actor, and subject matter and January 15th can't come soon enough!

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