'American Sniper' shoots, scores despite fictionalized portrayals

January 22, 2015 8:19 AM

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'American Sniper' shoots, scores despite fictionalized portrayals

By now, we’ve probably all seen the trailers for “American Sniper.” In the suspenseful preview, a Navy SEAL (Bradley Cooper) sits atop a building with one eye looking through his sniper rifle, while muttering “put it down.” From his vantage point, he can clearly see a little boy who has just picked up a gun. He’s hoping he won’t have to shoot and kill the boy, but it’s clear from the muttering that he’s prepared to do it. The approximately 30 second clip is a perfect representation of the entire film: gripping, terrifying and totally polarizing.

Clint Eastwood directs “American Sniper,” which is based on the true story of real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Kyle served four tours of duty with the Navy between 1999 and 2009, and was involved in many gruesome battles in the Iraq war. Known for his skills as a sharpshooter, Kyle earned himself the...

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