I watched American sniper last night after previously reading and loving Kyle's book. I thought the book offered a great read because of how in depth he described deployment, his encounters training and working with polish SF, I also liked that he covered how his tours affected his family.
Having watched the film I was pretty bummed out that they completely lied about what happened and what kyle did, often times not only did the hollywood version make the film less interesting than what really happened, but it also seems kind of scummy to fictionalise the film to an incredible level when the opening of the film states "this is a true story", not is based on, but is a true story.
- They changed the scene at the beginning, in real life he shot a woman who was secretly carying a grenade, he shoots her dead and saves the marines.
In the film he shoots her, then shoots her child who picks the grenade up. Why?
- The enemy sniper mustaffa had no engagement with kyle or any of his team on any of his tours, the sniper was killed by a completely different group of seals, Kyle himself stated that on the opie and anthony show.
The entire plot is based around the sniper, who the films portrays as killing other seals he is deployed with, leading to exchanges that ends up killing more seals, his anger over mustaffa festers while he is stateside, creating much of the films tension, this however is all based on a blatant fiction.
It ruined the film for me and looking at similar people who were fans of the book who posted poor reviews, there is this backlash calling anyone who has any problems with the film America haters and a load of other stuff, which is somewhat annoying.
It is basically the same as the film lone survivor, they took an awesome real story from the book and just added a bunch of made up stuff. At the end that attack on the village by the taliban, it never happens, which again, ruined a true story about a soldiers badassness and heroism.
What did you think of the film? I thought it was awful but i thought bradley cooper gave an ok performance and looked as close to chris kyle as anyone could.