American Sniper

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes. War/action/bio. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Based on a true story, the film recounts the military career of a Navy S.E.A.L. Trained as a sniper whose job was to protect advancing soldiers into hostile zones, the film recreates many of his more than 150 confirmed kills.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Superbly directed and memorably acted by Bradley Cooper, American Sniper does what most great military films do: deliver a thoughtful exhortation on the wages of war. While it is pro God (Chris carried a Bible at all times) and country (he did four tours of duty), it points out the haunting price paid for freedom.

In Eastwoodís Unforgiven, his lead character, a former gunman, speaks one of the most telling lines in movie history: ďItís a hell of a thing killiní a man. You take away all heís got and all heís ever gonna have.Ē While the statement is not completely true (at least for those who die and spend eternity with our Lord and Savior), it does reveal the inner turmoil a man of conscience goes through upon examination of the deed. (Much documentation has been collected to back up that philosophy.)

Such was the case with Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle. This is why we honor our military. They face and remember horrors most of us will never have to endure. The film reminded me not just to thank our soldiers when I see them, but to pray the Lord will replace their nightmares with peaceful dreams, and gently restore wounded bodies and minds.

Politics takes a back seat Ė or better still, political agendas are packed up in the U-Haul trailer. The film is mainly an edgy, tension-driven wartime thriller. A little long at 134 minutes (it seems like Eastwood is showing us nearly every one of those 150 kills), American Sniper stands out due to the production values and a superb cast. But beware, itís a film about men in war. Itís brutal and peppered with obscenity.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around 120 uses of the f-word and another 20 other obscenities.

Profanity: Around 10 profane uses of Godís name and at least two misuses of Christís name.

Violence: Lots of people die in this film, and some are brutally wounded; an especially disturbing moment is when one of the savages takes a drill to the genitals of a child, then to his head; though the camera cuts away, still we are left with a gory sight and a depressing memory; there are other visuals that graphically remind us of the ravages of war.

Sex: There are a couple of bawdy sexual moments between the married couple; these scenes do not become overly graphic, mainly they represent the union of a loving couple.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 134 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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