I had to cancel seeing a film tonight as all the people I was going to go see it with were stuck between seeing American Sniper or The Imitation game. The ones that wanted to see The Imitation game went into rants about how they don't want to see a "Pro Iraq war" film that glorifies a "brainwashed killer". While the others wanted to see it simply for entertainment.
I haven't yet seen nore heard much about the actual movie as it's been clouded with two sides of a coin no one tossed when making the movie
is it for American intervention in Iraq or against it?
Because of some ome silly comments that were taken the wrong way, theirs been intense critisism of the film for themes it might or might not actually cross. And theirs also been some very shameful praise by political figures saying people need to see it to support "freedom" or "the US army against evil"
moe I don't know anything about Chris Kye besides a couple of things I had to search myself out of curiosity. But apparently he has the highest amount of confirmed kills of any US sniper. And to sture the pot more he did it in Iraq. A place that's currently still feeling the aftermath of the Iraq war quite intensely. (No shit Sherlock)
I personally don't care about this guy. And I definetly don't support killing or war. Especially the lies behind the Iraq war. But flashing that about because a film was made about the Iraq war seems simply childish. And what makes it worse is that most people that are poking hate at the movie haven't even seen it. So they don't even know if its pro or anti war.
bottom line. Bashing a film for possible implications that might not be in it. Or telling people they are not Patriots and are terrorists for not seeing it is just patheticly low. I suggest to anyone go and see it and decide for yourself. But don't go in feeling you need to be kissing US foreign policy's ass or that you need to be all anti war.
It's just a film. Telling a story about someone who might or might not be a hero. Depends how you take it.