American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition [2 Discs] [DVD] [2014]

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American Sniper
Biopic of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most-celebrated sniper in American military history. In the aftermath of 9/11, Kyle decides to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL. But with each tour of duty, he grows more detached from his wife and children. As the story opens, we meet carefree brothers Chris and Jeff (Keir O'Donnell) as they work the Texas rodeo circuit. They're cowboys through and through, and despite being notably older than the usual enlistee, Chris pays a visit to his local recruitment office and decides to become a Navy SEAL. Later, at the firing range, he draws on his hunting lessons with his stern father to become an expert marksman. A booze-fueled barroom chat with pretty brunette Taya (Sienna Miller) soon leads to wedding bells, and following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Kyle is deployed to Iraq for his first tour of duty. There, his reputation as a sniper who never misses makes him a legend among his fellow troops, and earns him the moniker "The Devil of Ramadi" from his enemies. With a substantial bounty on his head, Kyle makes it his personal mission to take out a sadistic Iraqi soldier known as "The Butcher," as well as an elusive enemy marksman with a skill to rival his own. The closer he gets to achieving his goals during repeat tours of duty, however, the more fellow soldiers he sees die, and the further he drifts from Taya and their two children back home. It all leads up to a tense rooftop gunfight in a raging sandstorm -- one that convinces the sniper once and for all to make his family his top priority. Unfortunately, all is not well as Kyle struggles to make the transition back to civilian life, but he discovers that helping his fellow veterans is an effective way to do good and make peace with his wartime experiences. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bradley Cooper
    Bradley Cooper - Chris Kyle
  • Luke Grimes
    Luke Grimes - Marc Lee
  • Sienna Miller
    Sienna Miller - Taya
  • Kyle Gallner
    Kyle Gallner - Goat-Winston
  • Ben Reed
    Ben Reed - Wayne Kyle



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can a Man Who Kills This Much Still Be Human?

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    MysteryShopper
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    Chris Kyle is on record as being the most leathal sniper in US Military history, with 160 confirmed kills out of a suspected 255. When word got out that Clint Eastwood would be adapting Kyle's book into a major motion picture, “American Sniper,” there were protests and complaints, as there usually are when such subject matter such as this is turned into a film. Many critics of war have claimed that this man can not possibly be considered a hero. Who can kill so many people, with such ease (and glee, if his logs are to be believed#, be considered anything but evil? Eastwood is old though, and with age usually comes wisdom. He see's clearly how Kyle is a hero. That is why “American Sniper” feels so patriotic in the face of such horrible death that surrounds it. When we first meet Kyle #Bradley Cooper# he is in position, covering his men during his first tour in Iraq. He witnesses a woman hand a boy a grenade and instructs the kid to attact the American soldiers with it. In that moment Kyle is in a situation where no one can truly relate. There is a kid with a weapon, no other soldier can confirm this, and thus the call to kill him is in Kyles hands. At this point who that kid might be, what life he might live, none of it matters. All he sees is someone with a weapon is going to kill his men. So what does he do? He takes the shot. I mean, what else was he going to do? Given the choice between saving a dozen of his fellow soldiers and this kid, he'll easily shoot the kid. This is just one decision though. He has to deal with dozens of situations like this on a daily basis. There are times he's on the ground with the men who covers, and now his life might be in the hands of others as well. This is the life he lives. He is there to save lives. Some of the men he protects #including his own brother# are starting to look at what they are doing, the reasons for them being at war, with distain and doubt. Kyle has no time to think like that. He's got a job to do, and whether these men believe in the war anymore or not, that job is to keep them alive during it. So too, are we now part of the war, as Eastwood pits us tightly in every situation Kyle finds himself in. Most war movies we watch we are witnesses to the grand horror that is on display. Here we are almost always by Kyles side, putting us into the horror itself as if we were there. The film was recently remastered for an IMAX release, which is where I saw it, and the extra size just brought the intimacy of the film that much closer. This is important because the most intense moments do come from the distance, where Kyle is forced to make the kind of decisions we could only imagine making. The movie also takes time to show us his home life with his wife #Sienna Miller), who spends most of the time worried about her husband and begging him to come home. Though many might say the whole point of her character is to be a nagging wife, the reality is that she just can't understand what life is like over in Iraq, and because of that she may be the only dose of reality her husband gets in his life. I'm not sure how much of Kyles story was changed for the movie. Some say he enjoyed killing more than what portrayed in the movie. I don't know what people were expecting him to be portrayed as, but I think Kyles dedication to the war, while certainly motivated in part because of his need to protect his men, shows that there is a huge part of him that does enjoy the killing, and does get a high out of the hunt. At one point he is in a situation where he might need to kill a potentially innocent bystander. In his mind he begs the person to stop what they are doing, but when the person does drop the weapon Kyle breaths a breath of disappointment. We can tell that, deep down, he wanted to kill that person, and was upset because he didn't get to. Yet Eastwood understands that it is the nature of the beast that can cause men to feel this way. So too, does Bradley Cooper, who gives the sort of nuanced performance that can make or break a movie, and thankfully he understands this situation and character in a way that brings the movie so close to home. That Kyle was a natural killer did not make him a bad guy, and both Copper and Eastwood know this. He was a hero, just one who happened to have the most kills on US Military record. Some people might not be able to understand this. I think “American Sniper” is an attempt to bring this reality to the movie going public. Knowing how stubborn people are, I doubt this will take. But if you take away just one thing, take away the final image of Chris Kyle's funeral. Navy Seals have a tradition of honoring men they respect with personal emblems punched onto the caskets. Chris Kyle had more of these emblems on his coffin than any coffin I have ever seen before. If this image doesn't make it clear the difference Chris Kyle made in the lives of the men he was hired to protect, then I can only assume you are as heartless a human being as you claim Chris Kyle is. Kevin T. Rodríguez The Movie Wizard.com

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great character study of an American warrior!

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    Story opens with a combined Infantry/Armor rolling attack in Iraq that has a sniper over-watch, then quickly flash-backs to a Texas Deer hunt with Chris and his father and his father’s training of Chris as “the protector.” This biographical film is not just well-written, it is both superbly casted, acted and directed, and it is accompanied by realistic sound effects and a fitting sound track for chosen scenes. Story-line takes you through Kyle’s Texas ranch formative days, his rodeo cowboy era, his Seal Team BUD/S training, his romance and marriage with his wife Taya, and Sniper School. He and his new wife both view in “real time” the 9/11 attack on the NY Twin Towers. Story faithfully tracks his decade of almost constant war experience thru his 4 Tours of combat service and the story will reach out and touch you often – you really get “inside” the story and share it with Chris Kyle. The author really picked-up on the combat vets response to smells, sounds and actions, that even thou effected in a Stateside environment, caused a response by a combat vet suffering from PTSD. If the films ending with “film credits” don’t get-to-you then you are truly made of stone. This film is a fitting tribute to a great American hero – it’s an emotional human story and a story of what war can take from you – and the struggle of the balance of two worlds: that of war and a family caring for one another. The hardships that families face during deployment and the eventual reunion with their warrior is surfaced and treated with the care that it deserves. It’s a rewarding view that you will want to return to.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

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    Heygurl40
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    o Blown away - figuratively speaking, at least! We just watched this, and it was excellent. I saw Chris Kyle's wife cry on the news after watching the trailer, and I have to say, that was probably the most moving and emotional thing I have seen associated with the movie. A few details: As some have pointed out, it did not necessarily follow the book. They had to make a story out of it that everyone would sit and watch, and chose a couple specific scenarios to highlight and romanticize a bit. But this is great storytelling, make no mistake, and Clint Eastwood continues to show why he is one of the most respected directors in the world. There is also more emotional struggle here than in the book, and in my opinion, that makes the main character more relatable. If the performance was quite as cold and had come to terms with his role as the real Chris Kyle, I am not sure we as an audience would have been able to relate. That would be tough to watch. He still has very clear direction and sense of purpose, don't get me wrong. But the reality is truly far beyond what you can display successfully on screen. Bradley Cooper absolutely changes my opinion of him as a lead male actor. I loved things like Hangover, Wedding Crashers, and more serious roles like Limitless and Silver Linings Playbook. But this puts him on a totally different level as an actor. This is grand-scale, emotional story telling, and you will talk about this movie after. You may relate to it politically, you may hold Kyle up as a hero, or perhaps vilify him. But when you look at it from a storytelling aspect, regardless, it is excellent. Just don't expect it to be a documentary.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Eastwood handles topic with maturity

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    Too many war movies deal with their subjects by presenting extreme views: Either "American soldiers are perfect saints and superheroes (not men and women, with all the virtues and vices inherent in us all)!" like Chuck Norris movies from the 1980s, or "American soldiers are all child-raping mass-murderers (not men and women, with all the strengths and weaknesses inherent in us all)!" like too many anime (Japanese animation) to count. 'American Sniper' doesn't make that mistake. Director Clint Eastwood portrays Chris Kyle as a good man AS WELL AS a good military serviceman. When the subject (Kyle) voices his frustration with American civilian attitudes towards the War on Terror, neither side is demonized- Kyle isn't portrayed as a bloodthirsty warmonger, American civilians (including Kyle's wife) aren't portrayed as cowardly fools- they're simply normal people trying to deal with extraordinary circumstances the best they can. This portrayal is far more respectful towards people like myself (an Asian-American- NON-WHITE naturalized immigrant- and a US Army veteran) than I expect from the Hollywood that produced garbage like 'Dragon Day' and 'Drones'.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A well-told true story of a real American hero.

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    The term "hero" is bandied about quite freely today in the media but Chris Kyle was a man who truly deserves the title. He was a man who loved God, his country and his family. After serving four tours of duty in Iraq, his one regret was that he couldn't have saved more American lives than he did. The film does justice to his memory by presenting him as more than just the most successful sniper in US military history. He was also a loving husband and devoted father. His sense of duty often created an inner conflict with the sacrifice it necessitated by causing him to leave his family for each combat tour. This is a great story of a great soldier and a great man. The film is well-made with superb acting by a fine cast; making it seem all-too real. It will make you feel as if you are in-country facing dangers which at times seems to be all around you. The amazing thing about this is not that so many Americans died fighting in Iraq but that even more weren't killed in such a hostile environment. P.S. Well done, Chris. P.P.S Thank you Taya for letting his story be told.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sad but true

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    I saw this movie in theaters and thought it deserved another look in the comfort of my home. It was well put together good color, clarity, picture, and sound( minor expectation from a bluray). The movie itself is good with the normal amount of war chest thumping. The story behind the movie is what made me enjoy it more. It tells a story about how most people see our troops as members of the Galactic Clone army (seek, destroy, repeat, go home normal); They are really individual men and women with the same feelings and emotions as everyone else. Except they are enduring something that unless you've been through it, YOU will never understand. I appreciate the fact it shows a man and family that endured and eventually payed the ultimate sacrifice for their service. Great job by Bradley Cooper. Its sad that it is a true story. I would however prefer that our clandestine operatives consider keeping the stories as that, clandestine and unprinted for their safety and the safety of those involved.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed

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    Cronic8
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    American Sniper is nothing less than a masterpiece, possibly Clint Eastwood's best movie since The Outlaw Jose Wales. I say that knowing just how many truly great movies Eastwood has made over the years. As is any review, mine represents my subjective judgment...but American Sniper is simply that good. For those who don't already know, American Sniper tells the story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. We see brief glimpses of Kyle's Texas childhood, the product of a loving family and a strongly opinionated father. Wayne Kyle raised his sons to be the kind of men who would never be sheep, not the wolves who preyed on them, but rather sheep-dogs who would protect the weak from the wolves. Kyle grows up to be a real cowboy, winning buckles as a bull rider. Then, when terrorists bombed the United States embassies in the African cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, killing hundreds, Kyle joined the US Navy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Truthful Heartfelt All American Hero Story

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    I was amazed when I viewed this fantastic movie for the 1st time. I was aware of the ending from a previous TV presentation about the movie, but it still didn't prepare me for the shocking end to a "true American Hero". The way the producer was able to interweave the back and forth between the action and the home life was very well presented. As a veteran of another controversial war I can understand the feelings that this film generated for numerous fellow Americans that couldn't quite understand the harsh treatment/cold shoulder upon returning from action. The actors truly made this life story of an American Icon become very true to life filled with love, hate, and relief that all involved felt about the war and love one's at home. I didn't expect to see such an honest presentation that didn't hold anything back, which is almost as always the case when making a film like this.

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