As he continued to deploy for the second and third tours, relationships within his unit tightened and losses suffered cut deeply. When he was back stateside with his family and his daughter was born, Chris's sense of urgency and ability to "tune out" background or outdoor noises was markedly different from civilians. With talk of going on a fourth tour, his marriage reflected the strain of absence and his wife questioned his priorities. The intensity of war offered little time to gather his thoughts and his nickname as "The Legend" had earned both a hefty reward for his death and a high expectation from other servicemen. Having fought so hard to defend the life of others overseas, falling into the laid back role of a husband and father in a noncombat zone was unnatural. "At ease" was something his mind couldn't attain despite his body being at rest.
"American Sniper" is an extended feature (132 minutes) based on the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Chris, played by Bradley Cooper, was a newlywed when he went on the first of 4 tours. Clint Eastwood's directing shows us that on his first tour Chris was quickly confronted with the gruesome duty of protecting our nation. His senses went on hyper-alert with the ever present knowledge that his comrades' lives depended on his diligence. Returning home from his first tour, his son was born and reconnecting with his wife seemed a welcome relief.
“American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through , void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
I also have a copy of "American Sniper" (DVD, Blu-ray Disc & digital version) which I am fortunate enough to be able to give away. Grace Hill Media was kind enough to offer it to me, along with a copy for my review, and I extend it to my readers. (I also want to credit them for sending me a THIRD copy designated to be given to a veteran, how awesome is that?)
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