Friday, January 23, 2015

Movie Review: American Sniper

American Sniper was an intense and gripping war film that had me in a constant state of worry and stress, but ultimately a great movie that only gets better the more I think about it. The striking cinematography and crisp editing kept things at a heart palpitating pace, the direction was masterful, it was extremely well-written, and the action sequences seemed systematic, which made it infinitely more striking because of the emotional weight it carried. There was also the explosive performance of Bradley Cooper, who I did not expect to blow me away.  His performance was nuanced, but impeccably layered. One slight criticism though was the establishing flashbacks that were quite distracting, but that's almost nitpicking. American Sniper felt like it combined heart-stopping action, strong performances, and deep emotional conflicts, then wrapped them in a tight, perfectly edited and directed package, and punch you with them in the face. It's not perfect, but it was great nonetheless. 9


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