American Sniper

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Mar 9, 2015 03:39
Yesterday, I saw the movie “American Sniper” on the Internet. It is said to be a hit movie in the US. I personally think it is enjoyable, though a little unremarkable. As a non-American, I find the movie is full of every stereotype about Americans in existence, or more specifically, southern or western Americans – the protagonist is a cowboy, who does rodeo and reads the Bible.

Some may be nauseated by the scene where the sniper killed a kid and his mother, but I think it is quite understandable. It is no easy task to know the intentions of civilians in that very unclear situation. Either he shoots, killing a civilian in a warzone to save the lives of his comrades, or he doesn’t take the shot and risks losing comrades to save the life of a civilian. There is no winning choice. I am sure that after the war he suffered from PTSD, though some say there is little sign of it, and he is more like a well-trained, cold-blooded, and remorseless killer. I am also very sad to know that in the end he was killed by a veteran he was trying to help; he could have been a loving and caring father.

It is definitely the kind of biopic that leaves the audience to discuss whether it is pro-war or anti-war. I guess some Americans think he is a great patriotic soldier, and some may feel a little uncomfortable when America idolizes him as a hero – they think he killed many strangers overseas in an “unjust” war, namely the Iraq war.

I know it is an oversimplification, but movies about Texas always give viewers an impression that most Texans are fundamentalist Christians. To what extent is that real? Most Chinese people are uninformed about Texas excpet for Houston Rockets, because Yao Ming once played for this team.



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