Looking Through the Scope
Want to learn more about those who serve our country? While “Sniper” is admittedly Hollywood’s version of combat service, it still sheds valuable light on what our soldiers do for this country.
“American Sniper” covers the story of Chief Chris Kyle who served in the U.S. Navy Seals.
Based off of the book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S Military History,” the movie is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper in the role of Chris, and Sienna Miller playing Chris’ wife, Taya.
The movie starts off covering Chris’ life before the Seals.
Originally, he was a cowboy from Odessa, Texas, competing in rodeos with his brother, Jeff Kyle (Keir O’Donnell).
Seeing the bombing of a U.S. embassy in Kenya on the news, Chris’ heart went out to those who died and he felt the urge to do more with his life.
He wanted to do everything in his power to protect others and prevent terrorist attacks from occurring in the future.
He enlisted and was selected to be in the U.S. Navy Seals.
After much training, meeting and marrying Taya, he set out on his first tour in Iraq.
Throughout his time in Iraq, he was forced to make hard decisions as a sniper to shoot and kill possible threats to his unit.
By making these tough calls he protected many men and was credited with 160 confirmed kills.
During his time at home with his wife and two kids, Chris struggled to be himself, feeling the need to be in Iraq protecting his comrades.
Chris decided to leave the military to spend more time with his family and help struggling veterans in rehabilitation centers.
This came after serving four tours and killing the enemy sniper who killed two of his close friends and fellow comrades.
The movie ends with the impact of his death on America.
It was rated R for “strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout, including some sexual references.”
The movie receives 4 out of 5 stars and earned $89.2 million on its opening weekend.
The movie was a worthy tribute to Chris’ life and we salute him and his family.
Go see this heroic movie to show your support.