Directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, in Last Flag Flying, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne play three soldiers who served together in Vietnam, 30 years ago. They’ve come together after one of their son’s is killed in the Iraq War…
I’m a fan of the cast individually and I’m excited to see their chemistry together. There’s also the humour to look forward to; I mean I already like the joke about New York’s ‘signature scent’.
J. Quinton Johnson, Yul Vazquez, Samuel Davis and Kate Easton also star.
There are obvious moral issues that come up as a result of the subject matter of Eastwood’s American Sniper, but that isn’t really what the film is about.
Instead, it’s a story that touches on the effects of war on the psyche of someone who’s job – simply put, is to kill anyone that poses an immediate danger to the Soldiers he’s hired to protect in Iraq, post 9/11.
Bradley Cooper does a brilliant job of portraying Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S military history – and he does it to great effect more with well placed silences than words.
If you know the Chris Kyle story, you already know how this movie ends and towards the end you’ll be glad about how Eastwood dealt with the the last few scenes; particularly what you don’t see just before the real life footage begins.
In terms of Eastwood’s body of work, American Sniper is good, but it’s no Million Dollar Baby (2004) or Gran Torino (2008).
Some have said the film feels more like a dictation of the subject’s life than an actual movie and I don’t completely disagree. It’s worth watching anyway because you’re curious and you know Bradley Cooper good.
The result of Bradley Cooper’s emotional transformation to play real life US Sniper Chris Kyle, is probably as impressive as the physical change he had to undergo in order to play the lead in Clint Eastwood’s latest, American Sniper (2014).
To say that based on the below trailer, the film looks great is just right. Sienna Miller, Owain Yeoman and Luke Grimes also star but what I’m really most curious about in this film is the adventure into the psyche of the Sniper. Especially since such a job is so far from anything most of us could ever imagine choosing to do.
On a side note, watching this trailer definitely makes me want to re-watch The Hurt Locker (2008). Anyone else?