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Re: American Sniper

#21 Post by missgotty » Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:10 am

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missgotty wrote:Just an ok film, quite boring and flat in places. I appreciate Clint wanted to depict the emotional roller coaster ride of being a Navy seal but it did seem like a big recruitment drive, with astronomical levels of patriotism which was wasted on me. I much preferred 'Lone Survivor', also based on a true story about navy seals. It would have been interesting if Clint had delved into the story behind the enemy sniper, plus I feel a bit short changed that they didn't explain what actually happened to 'The Legend' in the end.

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The case hasn't gone to court yet so I doubt they would be allowed to say any more than they did for fear of prejudice.

Ah that would make sense.

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Re: American Sniper

#22 Post by vealster » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:29 pm

Quite enjoyed this one there were some scenes that were a little bit god bless America but on the whole didn't sugar coat the war aspect too much and the action scenes were well put together.

7/10

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Re: American Sniper

#23 Post by raj101 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:36 pm

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raj101 wrote:Whats most surprising is that Eastwood has at last a semi-decent film again. I honestly thought he was past it what with some recent floops.

Probably a bit much to expect him to make something more subtle, pretty much all his output has been a bit raw. Too late for him to learn new tricks now, when he tries something new, its usually horrible.
I do like quite a lot of his directorial work although J. Edgar was far too long and I was pretty disappointed in Jersey Boys. Given the self acclaimed title that the American Sniper gave himself, I think the gung ho style worked.


yeh he did have a bad run before this. I was keeping my fingers crossed it wasn't senility or pigheadedness setting in. I thin he shines best with his biggest labours of love, like Million Dollar Baby which he was clearly attached to all his life, or when hes feeding off past masters characters he depicted (Unforgiven and Gran Torino clearly bastardise Sergio Leone and The Dirty Harry movies).

Hes obviously very attached the Wars/invasions that America has been attached to in a bittersweet way.
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Re: American Sniper

#24 Post by kevinknapman » Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:18 pm

A solid enough effort from Clint Eastwood I thought with some tense sequences during both the combat and, more surprisingly perhaps, the domestic scenes as Bradley Cooper's character struggles to adjust to life back home in the US.
It's just a shame that they don't spend more time exploring his PTSD issues in greater depth. Though Cooper gives a fine performance in the lead with decent support from Sienna Miller as his wife.

It is however slightly undermined by the worst fake baby I've ever seen in a major Hollywood movie. It totally took me out of the movie whenever it appeared, it was so bad. A shame that something so stupid mars an otherwise decent if unremarkable film. It bothered me more than the flag-waving patriotism to be honest. But then details like this that are likely to take you out of a film seem to be a blind spot these days with Eastwood who chooses to shoot very quickly and doesn't seem to care too much about reshoots. Both his previous films J Edgar and Jersey Boys suffered from terrible aging make-up which had a similar distracting effect.
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Re: American Sniper

#25 Post by yogi » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:53 pm

kevinknapman wrote:A solid enough effort from Clint Eastwood I thought with some tense sequences during both the combat and, more surprisingly perhaps, the domestic scenes as Bradley Cooper's character struggles to adjust to life back home in the US.
It's just a shame that they don't spend more time exploring his PTSD issues in greater depth. Though Cooper gives a fine performance in the lead with decent support from Sienna Miller as his wife.

It is however slightly undermined by the worst fake baby I've ever seen in a major Hollywood movie. It totally took me out of the movie whenever it appeared, it was so bad. A shame that something so stupid mars an otherwise decent if unremarkable film. It bothered me more than the flag-waving patriotism to be honest. But then details like this that are likely to take you out of a film seem to be a blind spot these days with Eastwood who chooses to shoot very quickly and doesn't seem to care too much about reshoots. Both his previous films J Edgar and Jersey Boys suffered from terrible aging make-up which had a similar distracting effect.
Spot on comments about both the film and the baby/make up - why would they let shoddy stuff like that through on a big Hollywood movie in this day and age when pretty much anything can be realistically rendered on screen.

The film was gripping and the US scenes were a nice break and balance to the more action packed combat parts of the movie 8/10
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Re: American Sniper

#26 Post by Zander » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:56 pm

I watched this film last night and I thought it was ok. I agree there is a lot of patriotism in the film and that gets a bit too much towards the end. But Clint has directed a good movie nevertheless to say.
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Re: American Sniper

#27 Post by prettyxcool » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:44 am

Tense, compelling and powerful study of how war has affected one soldier and his family relationship. Very tragic too. Bradley Cooper's portrayal was outstanding, and well directed by Clint Eastwood (only learnt that at the end credits). War is a terrible thing, and all sides suffers and obviously, this film is one sided, as it was based on one person's account. 8/10
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Re: American Sniper

#28 Post by livEwirE » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:21 am

A good movie (7/10) but as others have said it did drag on a bit. The running time of over 2 hours was far too much though.

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Re: American Sniper

#29 Post by Diamond1 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:31 pm

Sorry, not for me! The same was treated much better in Hurtlocker. Mind it's well directed and acted but this American Good soldier stuff is a touch too much for me.

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Re: American Sniper

#30 Post by RAZORBACK » Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:38 pm

Thought this was solid but can't say that I thought it was special in any particular way.

The story was interesting and there were some sequences that were enjoyably tense but other than that there really wasn't anything to make this film stand out from the crowd.

Bradley Cooper was decent in the central role but if I'm honest I wouldn't describe this as one of his best performances and consequently I'm a bit disappointed that he's been nominated for a best actor academy award whilst Jake Gyllenhaal ('Nightcrawler') has been excluded from the short list.

That said, this film did manage to hold my attention throughout and other than maybe a few bland performances here & there from the supporting cast it didn't do anything significantly wrong.

Overall it did enough to get a 7/10 from me but I'm not sure there's much value, for me at least, in revisiting this film at some point in the future ...
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