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Movie Review ~ American Sniper

Read details about this GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post.

A preview of this newly released DVD was provided for the purpose of this review.


Because this differs so much from my typical reviews on this blog, I must preface this with a notice that this is not a film for an immature audience. Even the previews include violence. This movie is rated R for language and violence. 

The atrocities of war are loud and clear in this movie from the grenade toting child pushed toward the American convoy in the very first scene. 

The first fifth of the movie sets the stage. American Sniper is the graphic story of one man: Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL, now an American hero. Glimpses of his past are shown in brief flash backs, not always pretty, scenes to build our understanding of his character, not always a positive opinion either. Quick scenes of hunting with his father, church going, and an unloyal girlfriend were all used to build the viewers image of the man who entered SEAL training as a 30 year old. Just a glimpse of Navy SEAL training is portrayed followed by a hint of the sacrifices required once that SEAL title was earned.

This isn't a family movie. It's instead a story of one hero fighting for us to have the freedoms we do in this country. War isn't pretty. This isn't a feel-good movie.
"Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography AMERICAN SNIPER is moving and meaningful filmmaking, depicting the heroism of both the service member in combat and the family left stateside. It is not an easy film to watch, given its subject matter, but it is, I believe, an essential film to watch to help us better understand the cost, to those on the battlefield and on the home front, of the freedoms we hold so dear." 


The movie ends with an inside look at PTSD and Wounded Warriors. These men have given so much for our freedom. From cowboy boots to combat boots and back again...this is just one man's story. It represents so many more that are untold. 

The DVD hits stores today, May 19 – just in time for Memorial Day.

Press Release:

Warner Bros. is donating a dollar from the sale of each DVD, up to $1 million, to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. That’s part of what makes it such an honor to work on this project – to know that we’re doing more than raising awareness about a movie; we’re helping those who were injured fighting for our country.

Burbank, CA, April 15, 2015 – From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. “American Sniper” stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

A two-time Oscar® nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.

Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.

The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

“American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through December 31, 2015, void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.com.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more about WWP’s life-saving programs and services, please visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.

SYNOPSIS

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield.

But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“American Sniper” Blu-ray Combo Pack & Two Disc DVD contains the following special features:
· One Soldier’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper
Join director Clint Eastwood and his creative team, along with
Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, as they overcome enormous creative and
logistic obstacles to make a film that brings the truth of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's story to the screen.
· Making of American Sniper




Grace Hill Media provided the DVDs for this review and giveaways. No other compensation was provided. This is disclosed as per FTC guidelines. 

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this American Sniper (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) here: 

Blu Ray DVD American Sniper

17 comments:

  1. A good light hearted mystery.

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  2. We like Tron...and The Wizard of Oz. It's hard to pick just one!

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  3. The Princess Bride!

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  4. Big Hero 6 :) That's our favorite right now.

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  5. We loved Big Hero 6 as well.....And The Princess Bride.

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  6. The Princess Bride will always be our family favorite!

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  7. I have to go with Up

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  8. The Lego Movie is always enjoyed by all in our house!

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  9. Lately we've enjoyed Big Hero 6, Up, Guardians of the Galaxy and Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Favorite all time one? Maybe Disney's animated Robin Hood? I have no idea. LOL!

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  10. We like so many movies. Toy Story is one that sticks out in my mind.

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  13. Magnolia is one of my favorites.

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  14. Despicable Me is one of our favorite movies.

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  15. We like Frozen and Tangled!

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  16. A favorite family movie is The Sound of Music!

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  17. A favorite is The Little Mermaid

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