On January 16, the movie “American Sniper” was released to the general public.
On the surface this movie seemed like just another war movie showing how “bad” the people we were fighting were, and it’s easy to understand how this misrepresentation of the movie is understood. But something commonly overlooked is that the movie was based on true events; it wasn’t a fictitious script drafted up by a Hollywood producer trying to force his views on the world. All of the events depicted in the movie were actual incidents Chris Kyle had to endure. These were actual things that were happening in that area at that time.
The other argument is that it showed Chris Kyle as an American hero because he killed these people. Critics say he enjoyed killing, and people will pull quotes out of context from his book to try and support this point. However, I believe Chris Kyle was a hero not because he killed people, but because he selflessly enlisted to serve his country and protected his men at any cost. Chris Kyle also died helping out those permanently affected by the war, giving his own free time to help those in need. To those who say he enjoyed killing, watching the movie one time will dispel this theory. Chris never took a shot he didn’t have to, never took a life that wasn’t absolutely necessary. At one point he had the opportunity to shoot a child holding an RPG aimed at his fellow soldiers, but he didn’t take it. After many tense moments, the child threw down the RPG and ran away. That, however, raises the question: if he enjoyed killing so much, why did he not take the shot?
On top of that, if this movie was supposed to be used as propaganda, it did a very poor job. The movie shone an unpleasant light on American soldiers, showing them as unnecessarily brutal and aggressive and depicted them as the bullies on the block. As well as that, it showed the detrimental toll the war took on the minds of its combatants. People seem to forget about the other half of the movie where Chris Kyle is home, showing the awful effects war can have on a person.
Chris Kyle didn’t enjoy killing, he did what he had to do to protect what he believed in—as well as the lives of his fellow soldiers—and every day he had to battle with his own demons and face the consequences of his actions.by