Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actor (Bradley Cooper), Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Adapted Screenplay (Jason Hall)
Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. (IMDb)
So. I’m going to look at this purely from a cinematic view. Because I have my opinions about the story as a whole, but let’s talk about the movie itself. Overall, it’s pretty solid and well done. Clint Eastwood does a wonderful job of creating these tense moments that make you almost stop breathing. Bradley Cooper does a really nice job as Chris Kyle. You really saw Kyle’s journey and how war can really change a person, as well as him coming back from that. What I will say is that the middle, which consists of his second and third tours, get a little cliche and formulaic. Then, it got a little better after his third tour, but I will say that the final big battle in his fourth tour got a little long to me. There was a solid five minutes of just gunfire back and forth with no plot development. It’s also one of the most brutally violent movies I have seen in quite some time. So, take that as you will. But I will say overall, this is worth a watch.