Serious Journalism and That Baby From "American Sniper"

January 30, 2015 7:44 PM

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Riveted to the screen, I am awestruck by this suspenseful, humanized version of what war does to people when suddenly, my 'out-of-body' cinema experience is jolted back to reality. The scene takes place at home in Texas when Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, returns from his first tour of duty in Iraq. Sienna Miller, who plays his wife, passes him their newborn son. Cooper holds the baby awkwardly. I look around to see if anyone else is noticing anything peculiar. One woman poked her husband. Someone else pointed at the screen whispering. A man, who was chewing loudly on popcorn, had suddenly stopped. I heard a giggle from a few rows back.

When I got home, I checked the Twitterverse and Google. The baby was indeed a fake and I was disillusioned beyond belief. After all, the movie had a healthy budget and all the elements of a blockbuster: suspense, tension, incredible acting, a believable story, sex (tastefully done), violence and it ...

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