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American Sniper Movie Review

Dakota Metayer, Reporter

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American Sniper is an action packed war film based on the autobiography about Chris Kyle (April 8, 1974 — February 2, 2013). While serving, he was known as “the most lethal sniper in U.S military history.” The film keeps you engaged and on your toes at all times, with a little bit of humor thrown in. It was rather rare but there were few slow parts, though very important parts, which showed the mental and emotional states behind being a soldier while overseas and returning home.

 

Kyle worked on a ranch after school, became a bronco rider, and broke his arm, which ended his rodeo career. Once he healed, he joined the services. Kyle attempted to join the marines and a special operations force but was rejected because of the metal pins in his arm from his rodeo injury. He then met with a U.S. Army recruiter who introduced him to the Navy. Kyle was in the navy for ten years. His rank was Chief Petty Officer and was promoted to Seal Team Three. After ten years of service, he was honorably discharged.

 

The film shows the patriotism and heart of a true hero who protects his brothers in arms at any cost, both in battle and at home. When in battle he watches over his fellow soldiers like a hawk in order to protect them by taking out any unseen enemies. At home in the United States, Texas to be exact, Kyle helps wounded veterans get back to who they once were before their injuries. Doing this work meant being a father to his two children was last. Throughout the movie you see the challenges Kyle must go through to be both a hero and a father.
I myself found the movie to be a perfect mixture of action and drama. I was engaged in the film at all times and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action packed, war films with a little drama thrown in to help make the film more realistic.

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American Sniper Movie Review