COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., January 21, 2015 — Clint Eastwood’s masterful film, American Sniper has already broken box office records to become the movie with the number-one January box-office opener. Its weekend take is estimated at $105 million. American Sniper breaks the previous record, set by Avatar with $68 million.
It also breaks the record for a winter opening set by Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which brought in $84 million in 2004. The American left will never understand either movie, but for the other 90 percent of us, it’s a movie we can’t afford to miss.
American Sniper is based on the true story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, played in the film by Bradley Cooper. According to the official plot synopsis, Kyle takes his sole mission — protect his comrades — to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives, but also makes him a prime target of insurgents.
Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. When he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.
That’s the most important reason to see this movie. Since 9-11, the U.S. has been engaged in long-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Advances in medicine have brought back many soldiers who, in earlier wars, would certainly have died. It’s not only the physical scars but also the mental ones that need to be understood.
Do you want to know why the VA scandal from last summer — still unresolved — matters? Watch this movie and you may begin to understand.
Do you want to know why men and women volunteer to serve their country — and even volunteer for multiple tours overseas? Watch this movie and you may begin to understand.
It’s not only those in the military, but also their families who make the sacrifices that keep us free. You will get a sense for that in this movie as well.
Considering what our soldiers and their families sacrifice, we should never take going to war overseas lightly. And once we commit, we owe it to them to have clear goals and to give them all the support they need, even afterwards, for as long as it takes.
The left will never understand any of this. Michael Moore made a complete fool of himself by obliquely calling Kyle a coward. Moore inhabits an alternate universe. Seth Rogen also soiled himself by equating American snipers to Nazis — standard fare from the left. Together they reinforce the notion that one should never take seriously anything said by people who play make-believe for a living.
The Rolling Stone said “’American Sniper’ is a movie whose politics are ludicrous and idiotic.” Hard as it may be from the magazine’s editors to believe, some people still do believe in God, family and country.
In the movie, as in the book and in real life, Kyle has moral decisions to make and he does not hesitate to make them. After his final return from Iraq, he dedicates much time to helping other veterans readjust. He was a hero not only to us but to his peers as well.
Hollywood reporting suggested that the movie would do well because it plays well in red states and among the military community. No doubt it has and will continue to, but that reason is insufficient to explain its success.
It’s the well-told true story of an authentic American hero. It’s one we need to remind us all of who we are.