American Sniper

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(2014) ★★★

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Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, a Texas cowboy who found his niche post-9/11 as a Navy Seal sniper – officially the deadliest in US military history. Clint Eastwood’s watchful biopic is no breast-beating Lone Survivor or Act of Valor. Typically, Clint doesn’t flinch from the grubby, grisly fog of war.

But any attempts to get under the skin of Kyle are not helped by the blank-faced Cooper’s impassive performance. Unreadable even to loyal wife Sienna Miller, he might as well be American Cipher.

Even so, it impressed the Academy enough to award Cooper his third Oscar nomination following nods for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, even though his best career performance so far was in Limitless. In the end, Chris Kyle’s story doesn’t haunt like The Hurt Locker and, in the grand scheme of things, it’s lesser than Zero Dark Thirty.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 133min

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