American Sniper Film Analysis

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Prior to watching American Sniper, I was skeptical about it, because I am usually not a big fan of war movies. After watching the film it really opened up my eyes about what the military is actually about and what goes on while I am safely sitting at home doing my homework. The 2014 film was two hours and fourteen minutes long and is a true story of Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper). When Chris was a kid, he was a natural shooter with impeccable aim and had dreamed of becoming a cowboy. Once becoming a cowboy, he realized that wasn’t his dream; his true goal in life was to take the oath of serving and protecting his beloved country. Fulfilling his dream, Chris Kyle not only joined the U.S. Navy SEALS, but he also became a legend. …show more content…
The film portrays a message to the audience of the American Identity. After watching the film, I feel as if my love for my country has been revived. In today’s world people are so interested in their personal lives that we forget we live in the best and safest country in the world. Consistently throughout the movie Bradley Cooper expresses Chris Kyle’s love for his country. The movie explains thoroughly the Chris’s love for his country is why he joined the army. Chris Kyle thoroughly believed he was born to be a sniper in the military. Kyle observed the news daily and would see events that would justify his thought and feelings. In the movie, he and his wife, Taya played by Sienna Miller, witness a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. You can see the fury and disgust on Cooper’s face representing the feeling that went through him. Chris Kyle knew from that point on he was on a mission to save America’s identity of strength. During his tours in Iraq, Kyle witnessed many different cultures and recognized American advantages. For instance, the United States military had more advanced resources than the Iraq army had; like their vehicles. Secondly, the Iraq army wears rags on their head and on their body while the Americans wear a camouflage uniform. Iraq culture varies from the U.S. as well. There is always lots of killing and fighting going on in their country. The civilians in Iraq …show more content…
The time period of the movie can be noted in the early 2000s because towards the beginning of the movie, Taya and Chris watch the Twin Towers being attacked on the news on September 11, 2001. In this scene, the audience could feel fright from the beginning due to the Taya yelling “Nooo! Chris, noooo!” Instantly, Chris ran out to the living room of their home in Texas to see what the fuss was about. Once he seeks out Taya with her face thrown into her hands, Chris turns his head to see the worry and fright the world had just encountered; a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Through Chris’s eyes, someone watching the film can tell he is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his beloved country. A little later into the film, Chris is on his first tour and feels the frustration that goes into saving lives. He is calmly but cautiously riding around Iraq with a couple other soldiers when he gets a phone call from his wife back in Texas exiting the doctor’s office informing him the sex of the baby they’re about to have. Chris happily discovers the sex of the baby is going to be a boy and shares with his fellow soldiers as they congratulate him. While he is excitedly talking to his wife, a close up of the Iraq sniper appears as he is ready to shoot informing the audience of suspense. A view of the car Chris and

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