Clint Eastwood’s portrait of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle (convincingly played by Bradley Cooper) is a curious thing, reverent when it could have used a little skepticism, pathetic when it might have been expansive. Patriotic Texan Kyle packs up his lifelong mission to protect the weak and takes it to Iraq, where he gains notoriety --and some degree of heartache, it seems-- as the deadliest sniper in US military history, gunning down more than 160 men, women, and children. In the end, he can’t live with the guilt. The tense action sequences are more than balanced by scenes of Kyle’s difficult return to the land of the living, with Sienna Miller as his uncomprehending wife, and the only takeaway is frustration and sadness. Writer Jason Hall’s screenplay, adapted from the books wrote with Scott McEwen and Jim Defelice, is a far cry from either Flags of Our Fathers or Letters from Iwo Jima, director Eastwood’s best war movies (134 min.).
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, Peter Morgan, Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim and Bruce Berman
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban, Keir O'Donnell, Max Charles, Kyle Gallner, Cory Hardrict, Sam Jaeger, Mido Hamada and Sammy Sheik