Taking aim at American Sniper

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LAUREN BENCHOFF, Staff Writer

American Sniper is a must see movie, ranking number two in the New York Times Box Office, and is now being shown in 3885 theaters around the country.

American Sniper was based the autobiography written by Chris Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in American history. Published January 3, 2012, the book alone was given five stars and has sold over 1.6 million copies worldwide.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie starring Bradley Cooper, follows Chris’s life through the war in Iraq and transition between war life and civilian life, giving an in depth look into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how for many veterans, the war doesn’t end.

Ticket sales aren’t the only things this movie has increased. Criticism about the movie has been raging throughout the internet as well as been publicized about “true heroism”.

Though many feel that this movie is awe-inspiring and represents the many heroes who risk their lives to protect and serve our country, others disagree.

One review on Rolling Stone said “Well done, Clint! You made a movie about mass-bloodshed in Iraq that critics pronounced not political! That’s as Hollywood as Hollywood gets.”

Many people oppose the movie because they feel its glorifying war and killing. Some say that snipers like Chris Kyle aren’t real hero’s and are “blood-thirsty warmongers” who use films and other types of advocates to promote war and violence.

Though other people have their opinions and may feel differently about the topic, I feel that American Sniper shows the sacrifices, hard work and morals that the soldiers of our military posses.

The life of Chris Kyle is one of the many that has been affected by war, mentally and emotionally. His story should make you proud to be an American. The movie is action packed with emotional scenes that make this movie the perfect film.  It is nationalism at its finest.

So if you’re craving a good movie or don’t have anything to do on a Sunday night, American Sniper is the movie to see.