CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"American Sniper" earned it's success

Much like his previous success with the Oscar winner **Million Dollar Baby** and the box office champion **Gran Torino,** Clint Eastwood's **American Sniper** has managed to break a January box office record with an amazing 104 million dollar gross. **American Sniper** has garnered six Oscar nominations, including best picture and Bradley Cooper's performance as Navy Seal shooter Chris Kyle.

The film opens in a most dramatic fashion. While stationed on top of a roof in Iraq, Kyle targets a woman and a boy. In his telescopic lens, Kyle spots a hand grenade. Should he take the shot or not?

The film flashbacks to Kyle's youth in Texas. A successful rodeo rider, Kyle watches CNN news and sees an American Embassy being bombed. Kyle realizes his life's calling - to protect and defend the people of the United States of America.

**American Sniper** focuses on Kyle's four tours of duty. While on leave, Kyle and his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller) raises two kids and attempts to adjust to civilian life. Yet, Kyle is haunted by the soldiers he feels he is abandoning on the battle field.

From the opening scene to the quiet closing credits, everything about **American Sniper** feels appropriate. As "the Legend," Bradley Cooper gives a genuine performance of stoic emotion. He is a true soldier who cannot acknowledge his vulnerability - even to the woman he loves. **American Sniper** deserves it's Oscar and Box Office success.
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