'American Sniper' may have missed an important mark by focusing more on wartime heroics than homefront pain

February 6, 2015 1:05 PM

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The most chilling moment in "American Sniper" does not appear on film. The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a portrait of Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But Kyle's death did not come at the hands of the enemy. He was killed at a shooting range in Texas, allegedly by a troubled 25-year-old Marine who had also fought in the Middle East.

The combat scenes in the Academy Award-nominated movie bristle with authenticity, but the film ultimately hedges, preferring Kyle's heroics over the irony of his fate. The omission is a testament to the emotional and psychological echoes from Iraq and Afghanistan, two of the longest wars in U.S. his...

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