Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper got six Oscar Nominations: his sniper hit the nail on the head of criticism, obviously American but I wonder if it really deserve such a reward.

"God, Country and Family" (not necessarily in that order), these were the values that moved the monolithic Chris Kyle, played by a huge Bradley Cooper, here also the producer, who gained weight  c30kg to play the character and certainly interprets really well his elementary nature. About God, Kyle was ready to meet him and to respond to every single shot: spectators do not learn that much about his relationship with religion, except for the Bible he always has with him, still something suggests that religious indoctrination was born and raised along with that patriotic feeling and indeed they were both two sides of the same coin.

About the family, Kyle’s relationship with his wife Taya (Sienna Miller) fails to give any consideration to start in thickness by the two of them and turnes out to be flat. Among the three cornerstones of his life, Eastwood’s Chris Kylehad definitely has the strongest relation with his glorious homeland: at least with its ideals of kindness and brotherhood, the only truth for the sniper.

Chris Kyle defined killing "fun", something he loved: moreover the Iraqi were only the "bad guys", savages whose lives were not even comparable to any American’s. In the mind of this soldier there was a distinction in the world, with no shades, totally flat: black and white, good and evil, heroic USA and cowards and fanatics Iraqis; and the firm, unshakable conviction in killing people for the good of the better country in the world.

Kyle’s actions are a result of a strong moral duty towards the great nation, America. But everything is done without critical reasoning, without complex reflections: there is only a blind obedience to the patriotic. A man in short, almost dehumanized, who, when asked about being sorry for those he had killed, replies that his only regret was to not save more Marines. Despite some battle scenes of high technical level and the Oscar-winning director of photography Tom Stern who makes really well the sandy Iraqueni landscapes, American Sniper is a Film closed, claustrophobic, which stays in military propaganda.

I would call this a film even dangerous in its ideological platitudes, a film that can be watched to understand the absurdity of war, but that may be an encouragement to many weak minds, victims of a radical and flat idea of homeland.

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