Nowadays most war movies are just commercials to get the American public behind the idea that invading a foreign country is a God given right. But what I got was 2 hours of pure biased war propaganda. When American Sniper first came out I ignored the film thinking that it was the usual war propaganda Hollywood delivers once a year. Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. Again household to his wife and little ones soon after 4 excursions of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he cannot depart driving.
It is actually quite sad to see how low American cinema has stooped. . Not once are the his intentions questioned by either the character himself or others. There is no morale to the story, there are no grey areas where the viewer is allowed to have an opinion and decide for himself what is right and what is wrong. The fact that people might actually believe this crap and most Americans do makes me lose hope for the future of a once great country. In the Naval services, a cover hat is not worn in medical facilities, or in the galley, out of respect of the wounded and dying, except in very rare circumstances and on duty. Now if this was satire, it would have been brilliant.
There was a time when Hollywood war movies raised important questions on the righteousness of war such as Full Metal Jacket, Thin Red Line, Apocalypse Now where the viewer was given the clear picture that all war, justified or unjustified, is wrong. After it received a couple of Oscar nominations I got a little curious and decided to go watch it. I am a big of Clint Eastwood and appreciate most of his work as a director, I am aware of his right-wing views and as I sat down in the theatre I was expecting a very patriotic story on the war in the Middle East. The fact that it got nominated for the Academy Award just shows how much a once acclaimed award is quickly becoming a pat on the shoulder to the most politically correct motion picture of the year. . .
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