Based loosely on the memoir and life of Chris Kyle, American Sniper is a biographical war film about Kyleâ€™s experience as the U.S. deadliest marksman during his deployment in Iraq. It also portrays the struggles he faced with the crumbling relationship with his family and the personal aspect of his life despite his success in the military field.
The film opens in Kyleâ€™s youth when he was being taught by his father how to hunt a deer and use a rifle. The next scene then cuts to years later when he decided to enlist in the navy after catching his girlfriend in bed with another man. After qualifying for special training as U.S. Navy Seals Sniper, he met his then future wife Tana Renae in the bar. But the celebration of his marriage was cut short, when he was immediately deployed to Iraq, and his haunting experiences as a dangerous sniper begins.
This action-packed drama garnered controversy and negative lash with its infamous use of plastic baby in one of its scene and some bits of inaccurate portrayal of the events. But despite it all, the film was widely known as North Americaâ€™s highest grossing film of 2014. Furthermore, American Sniper was also critically acclaimed and even received nominations in Academy Awards and British Academy Film Awards.
Some critics pointed out the beautiful cinematography and depiction of what emotional trauma war can leave to the veterans who survived the war. Bradley Cooperâ€™s performance was praised while the realistic and vividness of Clint Eastwoodâ€™s directing was also applauded.