American Sniper (2014) Director: Clint Eastwood
The film is loosely based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography, his memoir of his time as an American soldier abroad. It tells the story of his his experiences that led him to become the most deadly sniper in American history, and the toll his many tours in Iraq took on his personal health and his family life. The film ends tragically, as Kyle has returned home to help veterans, and is killed by a veteran he was trying to help.
Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle and delivers one of his best performances. It was the highest grossing film of 2014. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning only one minor award, despite its favorability among the public.
The film does not fit the narrative of Hollywood, as it paints a uniquely intimate portrait of an American soldier, perhaps even sympathetic and empathetic toward the American soldier. It is one Eastwood’s better contemporary films.