‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a ‘Killer’?

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In the wake of Oscar nominations, Academy members begin buzzing over recent criticism of the film’s subject, Chris Kyle
Even as “American Sniper” breaks January box-office records and revels in six Oscar nominations, criticism over the subject of the film, sharpshooter Chris Kyle, is rising and reaching into the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences, which votes on the Academy Awards.

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Crazay1612d ago (Edited 1612d ago )

Hmmm - I found this to be a rather interesting article as the title raises a question that I can see from either side of the argument.

Personally, i think that to a certain degree Chris Kyle was a hero in that under his careful watch, he saved so many people. Granted - he took a great deal of pleasure and pride in the tasks he was performing but I saw it more like he felt he was making a difference and actually for once in his life contributing to something meaningful in his life by protecting his fellow American soldiers.

I also felt that they very accurately portrayed the effects these actions had on him in his personal life.

Amuro1612d ago (Edited 1612d ago )

Talking about pinpoint accuracy, look at this kid here: The next Chris Kyle.

Spiewie 1612d ago

It looks like a great movie haven't seen it yet but I definitely will. No need for any criticism really.

ironfist921612d ago

If this was a film about a North Korean or an Afghani sniper or militant shooting and killing America/British soldiers, would the arguments remain the same? Or is it the fact its an American film promoting an American soldier killing non-name foreigners the reason why its given high praise.

Im sure the film itself is a grand spectacle on its own merits, but I'd enjoy seeing the tables turned to show the perspective from the other side, and see how the general audience takes to the criticisms of whether violence is appealing, or only based on who is pulling the trigger.

SilentNegotiator1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

Except films from the other perspective DO exist.

If the assertion is that the person IS doing good and IS stopping the bad guys, the story could be about any person from any country, real or fictional.

Soldierone1612d ago

I got into movie making because I loved war films. As I grew into it, I didn't really acknowledge them as anything but honoring our heroes. I felt that by making them I would be helping them get recognition they deserve etc...

Then I got into college and I started studying deeper into film. To my surprise, people have found a way to turn this genre into a negative spin. EVERY war film that is released has this backlash behind it. Every single one. People will cry about how it's propaganda etc... and they hate it. THIS is why making a war film is so hard. We got lucky this past year with 3 excellent films, but normally studios are too scared to release them because of this backlash. It's also why in other action movies we no longer say "the Germans" or "Russia" or "Japanese" or whatever because it's found as offensive. (Example: Battleship was about aliens, not a real threat)

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