Originally Posted by LiCeNseD To BaLL
American Sniper is straight up propoganda man. Making people hate Muslims for no reason, making people wanna join the army just to shoot Muslims, etc.
Smh. The reaction on Twitter is just sad and surreal. So many ignorant people hating the Nation of Islam just because of a ******* movie.
Makes me not even wanna watch to be honest. This world is too cold man.
I had the same thoughts while watching last night. I saw the screenshots of the anti-Islam tweets last week, and they bothered me.
It's important to remember that this movie must be viewed in context. I believe the different groups were represented accurately... I'm sure that's how US military soldiers acted and thought around the 9/11 era. And remember, they look bad in this movie, too. The guy on the rooftop cheers when Chris kills the child. The guy in basic training says he's there to kill terrorists. That's evil stuff.
The crucial thing to remember with this movie is that there are very few actual, normal representations of Islam. The rest are extremists. Maybe the family who tips the Seals off to the Butcher... whose kid gets the drill and whose father gets clapped. They are the normal Muslim in that era at that time. Scared, intimidated, passionate about the protection of their family/community.
Keeping these things in mind might be easy for us civilized NTers, but it's easily forgotten for the normal dumb American viewing the movie. They end up hating Muslims when they should really be directing it towards the extremist terror groups who manipulate their community and commit horrible acts veiled by the name of god. Unfortunately, there's no IQ test before going to the movies.
On the movie in general, I was very engaged with it until the end. I don't buy the 2000-meter shot. I didn't like the slow-motion bullet. And I was very disrupted by the sudden black screen with text at the end. What? That's it? I understand that there's still an ongoing court case around this, but that was so abrupt and we could have had a very powerful scene there.
Otherwise, I liked the moments of tension surrounding the sniping. I liked his clear ethical struggle with some of the shots. I'm glad they made small references to the PTSD from the drill and the dog instead of doing a hand-holding "flashback" scene like we would see in Dexter. My biggest takeaway from this one is probably a newfound respect for Bradley "Hangover" Cooper.
Next up: Foxcatcher and Birdman.