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American Sniper: Under Heavy Fire

By Cameron Walsh in Arts & Culture

The movie “American Sniper” has come under heavy controversy for its resounding message of patriotism and blurring the line between hero or murderer. Within 24 hours of its release, Twitter had exploded after Seth Rogen labeled snipers “cowards” and compared the movie to a nazi propaganda movie. Actor Bradley Cooper plays the role of Texan soldier Chris Kyle, an American awarded the Medal of Valor and considered to be one of the best snipers in  U.S history


The story follows Chris Kyle throughout his early life and his four tours in Iraq as a navy seal. It follows his story as he shoots Iraqi militants and then as he returns to America with serious ptsd issues. Yet, despite its relatively good reviews, is this movie sending bad messages to its viewers? Where does one draw the line between heroism and murder?

While this movie seems to portray feelings of  heroism and patriotism, the story conveys an arrangement of other feelings. How can someone who can gun down men, women, and children indiscriminately also be called a hero? And does anybody find it strange how none of the remaining people in the setting are good? Each and every person Chris encounters is working for an ulterior motive, and considered “evil and hostile.”

While this movie generated a revenue of 135 million as of January 22nd, it has brought about a huge topic of controversy over whether the director, Clint Eastwood, glossed over the story of a killer, or was Chris Kyle the kind of man to look up to?  The answer, you’ll have to determine for yourself.

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