American Sniper Tuesday, 02 June 2020

American Sniper

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Death tolls.

  • Starring:

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Sam Jaeger, Chance Kelly, Cory Hardrict, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Luke Sunshine, Keir O'Donnell, Jake McDorman

  • Directed by:

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time:

    132 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot (including child), punched, wrestled, stomped, thrown from a horse, hit with objects (darts), blindfolded, held at sword-point, throat-grabbed, near-choked, chained, tortured, maimed. Explosions, attempted suicide bombings. Burning trees, buildings, debris. Schoolyard brawling, theft. Afghanistan, Iraq War settings. Hunting; animals shot. News images of bomb aftermath, 9/11 (planes into towers; towers collapsing). Dangerous driving, cars shot at/blown up. Military vehicles (tanks, helicopters), personnel, weapons (grenades, snipers, RPG, cache), training. Screaming, yellling. Blood/gore: Drilling through leg, head (child). Bloody cuts, faces, bullet wounds, bodies, objects. Blood spurts/splatter/spray, bleeding, intestines, broken limb. Bruising, scars, chipped teeth. Corpses, body parts (decapitated head, leg), amputees, caskets, wounded soldiers. Bullets seen entering/exiting flesh. Death tolls, dead/missing people (including child), man dying during surgery, murdered Good Samaritan mentioned.


    Half-dressed couple, couple in bed together, couple in shower (sex implied). Kissing, flirting, bum-slap, innuendo. Phone sex mentioned, references to sex, sex-themed slang. Adultery/infidelity. Shirtless men, women in underwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits, shots, champagne). Chewing tobacco. Smoking, gambling mentioned. Auditory hallucinations.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Sexist language, redneck joke. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations.


    Chris Kyle, Navy SEALs, war, snipers, rodeo, hunting, violence, 9/11, terrorism, infidelity, military wives, marriage, PTSD, birth, fatherhood, pregnancy, guilt, paranoia, heroism, trust, murder.


    War, funerals, hospital, birth, bar settings. Helicopter, tanks. Deer, horses, snake, dog. Taxidermy. Urine, vomiting. Based on a true story.


    Taut, vivid, sad, harrowing, thoughtful, skilful, complex, ruminative, fascinating, tragic, earnest, devastating, compellilng, provocative, grim, smart, gritty, confident, blunt, effective, troubling. Superb performance, strong/sustained direction, breathless skirmishes, crackerjack/propulsive editing, focused cinematography, highly realistic production design, spare/subtle score, authentic set design, heartbreaking/inexplicable ending.


    Uncomplicated, unsatisfying, myopic, stilted, unexceptional, routine, hollow, incurious. Obvious dialogue, one-dimensional wife, under-developed secondary characters, little sense of date/time/location.

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