CINEMA REVIEW: American Sniper (15)

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AMERICAN Sniper details the harrowing true story of the most lethal sniper in US history.

The film gives a raw and matter-of-fact account of the life of Chris Kyle.

Bradley Cooper is breathtaking as the religious Texan who becomes a legend after signing up for Navy SEAL training.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, begins with a tense stand-off as the sniper, tasked with protecting his brothers-in-arms, spots a young boy carrying a grenade and must make a decision on whether or not to shoot.

Before the audience finds out what happens, they are transported back in time to Kyle’s childhood to see him hunting with his father.

We stay with the flashback into his adult life and see him go through his brutal Navy SEAL training, and fall in love with Taya (Sienna Miller), before being shipped to Fallujah, in Iraq, after the terrorism attacks on the World Trade Center.

Cooper brilliantly captures the psychological changes in Kyle as he battles with his emotions after his first kill, to the way the war completely consumes him.

Tour after tour sees him become more and more disconnected from his life at home and the raw depiction of the war, and the everyday lives of the armed services personnel fighting in it, is gripping and compelling.

When watching a film like this, it can be hard to accept that it’s a true story.

This tense tale is meant to be told and it’s an eye-opening one that can show people the real horrors of war.

It doesn’t shy away from exploring the terrible psychological effects that war can have on the people who experience it first hand, and their loved ones at home, waiting to hear if their family members will return to them dead, alive, or injured.

American Sniper is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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