Selflessness In American Sniper And 12 Strong

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The two movies American Sniper and 12 Strong both have similar themes. In both movies the similar theme between the two are the men who put their lives on the line in order to protect their country. In American Sniper, Chris Kyle joined the military after seeing the Twin Towers being bombed on September 11, 2001. In this movie, Kyle is a sniper who is ordered to shoot anyone who may be in pursuit to hurt American soldiers. In 12 Strong there is a team of men being deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. These men are going on the front line, in pursuit to kill the Taliban. Although both movies address the theme of selflessness, American Sniper better displays how Chris Kyle’s absence affected himself as well as his family and effectively …show more content…
In American Sniper, Chris Kyle was angry and wanted to serve his country as a result of the 9/11 attack. He joined the marines and became a sniper, one of the most well known ones in United States History. In 12 Strong, a special force team of 12 men were deployed to Afghanistan to be the first ones to respond to their 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. Critic James Berardinelli stated, “Although the characters are all types, the performances are strong enough that we identify with them despite their lack of depth.” Meaning, that he thinks 12 Strong lacks in its ability to draw a connection with the audience. While both movies had similar plots, the movie American Sniper presented a more emotional and relatable storyline. A review in Rotten Tomato states that American Sniper speaks emotionally to the audience (Powers, John.) It does so by showing the hardships that he and his wife went through while he was away in …show more content…
In 12 Strong, these twelve men leave behind there families to go front line and fight for their country. In the movie American Sniper, Kyle leaves behind his pregnant wife to go fight for his country, knowing that he has the possibility of not returning back home to her. Each time he goes back for another tour, it gets harder and harder for his wife and kids. Chris Kyle did however become the most well-known American Sniper in United States History, for killing a record number of terrorists. A review on Rotten Tomatoes states that “The film is so bland that it even minimizes the subject’s claim to fame” (Faust, M). Although it can be argued that the film didn’t display Kyle’s claim to fame very well, the meaning behind the story is what really matters. In both movies, these men would give up their lives to protect the United States, thus proving them to be selfless. In these movies it shows the side that most Americans don’t normally get to see, the side of our freedom that isn’t really “free.” These two movies are arguably long. However, while watching American Sniper the film seemed to go by faster simply because there was always a different kind of action going on. In the movie 12 Strong, majority of the film was them in the same setting fighting like they always did. Tara Brady, a critic on Rotten Tomatoes, states that this movie is “pointless and unnecessarily long.” Therefore, American

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