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'American Sniper' triggers angry debate

Critics on the left have slammed the popular film as an attempt to whitewash the history of the American occupation of Iraq and say the subject of the movie, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, deserves no hero treatment for his handiwork as a deadly sniper.

Directed by Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, the film has broken box office records and is based on Kyle’s best-selling memoir, in which he expressed no regrets for the lives he extinguished as a sharpshooter in the war.

The right-leaning National Review called the film a “cultural moment.”

“The movie gives America something it’s lacked since the start of the war — a war hero on a truly national, cultural scale,” David French wrote.

The film has been nominated for six Oscars, including for best film and best actor. And both Eastwood and Cooper insist their movie is not meant to deliver any political message.

Cooper said that “for me, and for Clint, this movie was always a character study about what the plight is for a soldier.”

AFP

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