“I’ve got a woman and a kid, 200 yards out, moving towards the convoy. She’s got a grenade … she handed it to the kid,” he says into his radio, his finger closing on the trigger.
“Your call,” comes the reply from the radio.
This incident was seen through the eyes of Chris Kyle, a highly decorated Navy Seal scout sniper. What would you do?
Kyle was put on that roof for a reason, to protect his fellow military brothers from any type of threat. The threat here was this young boy mentored by a woman to kill. His next action was to pull the trigger… The boy dropped lifeless.
“The Hurt Locker,” the 2009 Best Picture Award winner about a U.S. Army bomb-disposal team in Iraq, earned only $17 million in North America over its entire run.
American Sniper bagged a hefty $107 million in the very 1st weekend in theatres world-wide.
The movie was a huge success and brought Chris Kyle back to life on the big screen, which Bradley Cooper did a spectacular job really capturing the “Kyle” essence throughout the entire action packed and compelling movie.
The movie has no doubt benefited from good timing; it hit 3,500 theaters the day after its initial release, snagging six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
He’s A Bear
Bradley Cooper, age 40, had to pack down an insane 6,000 calories a day in preparation for this role, which was force fed to him by his nutritionists. “Also adding on 40 pounds of muscle,” Bradley stated.
“I had to get to the point where I believed I was him,” Cooper said.
Chris wasn’t ripped or anything, just a good ole’ Texas boy, waking up to being a Navy Seal everyday. He was a bear!
One of the main scenes is towards the end of the movie when Chris is using a “sat phone” and calls his wife, attempting to tell her goodbye one last time. They were expecting to be killed in a airstrike near their position, which also took place right before a sand storm.
Kyle, being such a big character in the military, was given the nickname “Legend.” His memorial service was held inside the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
My personal opinion on the movie is that I loved it. Everyone is familiar with Cooper being a funny, standout actor like he was in the smash hit “The Hangover.” With a distinct voice that sounded exactly like the real Chris Kyle, movie goers ability to witness Cooper’s transition to being in Kyle’s footsteps in the midst of all this chaos was breathtaking. It really felt like Kyle starred in his own movie. It was very touching, and it really captured Chris Kyle in the glory and valor he earned while serving in Afghanistan.