American Sniper - May Contain Spoilers

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  1. BethSucks

    BethSucks Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Saw it this afternoon, thought it was very good, not great. Well acted, based on a true story. It focused on both the battlefield action and what happens when vets come back. That's an important part of the story and an important part of the issues of how we treat our returning vets and the demons that they face but it made the movie drag a bit at times. 8.5 out of 10.
     
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    This is one I definitely want to see.
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/...il-friday-shoots-for-80-mil-plus-weekend.html

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "American Sniper" is proving to be a lethal box office force.

    Clint Eastwood's Iraq War drama grossed a spectacular $30.5 million on Friday. It looks to haul a record-breaking $80 million-plus this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, easily overtaking last year's "Ride Along," which launched to $41.5 million, as the highest-grossing January debut of all time.

    The pic, which is expected to make more than $68 million by Sunday, is also obliterating Eastwood's previous opening record of $29.5 million for 2008's "Gran Torino."
     
  3. Murcielago

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    Good movie, particularly the battle sequences. The marriage conflicts felt rather generic and predictable, but that's far from a deal breaker.
     
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    I saw Birdman last night. I like Michael Keaton. He was great in it, as were Naomi Watts and Edward Norton. But the movie was annoying. Constant jazz drumming throughout, and the whole thing about it appearing to be one long shot was irritating. The direction should not get in the way of the story.
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Did they include the fact that the guy was a sociopath who loved killing, drunken fights, bragged and lied constantly, and considered anyone not in the elite military (99.9% of Americans) beneath contempt?
     
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    Alisonsbankacct Out to lunch.

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    I was hoping they would at least slightly address some of his "tall tales" to give a hint of perspective, but it was a total love letter.
     
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    He was portrayed at first as ultra patriotic and driven then as disturbed and somewhat arrogant, one of the weak spots IMO was that they made his transition from PTSD to well balanced seem too easy.
     
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    You'll just love Whiplash (great movie btw)
     
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    I hate white washing.

    But to be fair to Spec Ops guys, those people have to be kind of fucked in the head to want to strain themselves and go that hard.

    Was stationed at NASNI, next to an amphib base. Met lots of SEALS. They were a special breed. May not agree with all of their traits and philosophies, but I am glad they are out there taking care of business.
     
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    Exactly....seriously disturbed dude


    .I saw it last night...meh

    Why no movie on Carlos Hathcock?
     
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    agreed. tall tale? like over a mile??!


    Amer Sniper is definately worth the ticket price
     
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    Agree. I felt the wife whined a bit much .. when he signed up/she signed up. Only felt it was valid when he started to show signs of PTSD.
    God rest his sole.
     
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    really?
     
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    I could be reading too much into things, but to me it seemed that he had most of his identity tied to being an active soldier. In working with other vets he found a way to partially placate the anxiety over losing that identity.

    I assumed there was a hell of a lot more going on than what was portrayed on the screen, but reality makes for a messy narrative.
     
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    Wait...I don't remember his foot getting tired...huh?
     
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    Nope
     
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    Did they show:

    1. The 1+ mile shot where he takes out two Iraqis across a river?

    2. The "capt phillips" mission where Kyle goes on break, and when he wakes up, it's over?

    3. The dude that kills him?
     
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    I saw it yesterday and felt the same way. It was good but not great. It never really sucked me in the way a great movie would and should.
     
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    I have a feeling that the number is far below 99.9% and that you'd be one of them.
     
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