Zaki's Review: American Sniper

January 21, 2015 8:39 PM

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In the days leading up to and out of the release of director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, there's been a lot of conversation -- some hagiographic, some just plain graphic -- about Chris Kyle, the titular sniper upon whose autobiography the film is based. I haven't read the book, so I'm not really equipped to comment on that, but at the very least there's a questionable haze surrounding his expressed worldview as well as the veracity of some of the incidents he's described. Since Kyle tragically passed away in 2013, his input is an essential piece of this conversation that will forever be missing.

As such, when I set down to sum up my thoughts on the film, I decided to leave it up to others to share their thoughts on Kyle the man versus Kyle the character (embodied here in an absolute showpiece performance by Bradley Cooper, who rightly snagged an Oscar nom for the role last week). Of course,...

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