As an actor, Clint Eastwood coined
the cryptic metaphysical anti-hero of
the epic spaghetti-western trilogy
A Fistful of Dollars (1964),
For a Few Dollars More (1965) and
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
Nothing he did afterwards ever matched the intensity of those characters.
He played a similar role in Ted Post's Hang 'Em High (1968), but
he then he started a whole new career as the rebellious cop in Don Siegel's
Dirty Harry (1971), a role that he
reprised in Magnum Force (1973) and
The Enforcer (1976).
He played also in other Don Siegel films:
Coogan's Bluff (1968),
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970),
The Beguiled (1971) and
Escape from Alcatraz (1979).
The "Dirty Harry" series ended with The Dead Pool (1988).
His last memorable character was the heroic retired cop of
In the Line of Fire (1993).
Clint Eastwood, a much better actor than director, directed diligently
stereotypical Hollywood films, notably
High Plains Drifter (1973),
Space Cowboys (2000)
Million Dollar Baby (2004).
More mediocre were
Play Misty for me (1971),
The Eiger sanction (1975),
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976),
Bronco Billy (1980),
Honkytonk Man (1982),
Sudden Impact (1983),
City Heat (1984),
Pale Rider (1985),
Heartbreak Ridge (1986),
White Hunter Black Heart (1990),
The Rookie (1990),
A Perfect World (1993),
The Bridges of Madison County (1995),
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997),
Absolute Power (1997),
True Crime (1999),
Blood Work (2002),
Mystic River (2003),
Flags of Our Fathers (2006),
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006),
Gran Torino (2008),
J. Edgar (2011),
Jersey Boys (2014),
American Sniper (2014) is a mediocre, painfully slow, war movie
that indulges in foul language and third-rate domestic melodrama;
an endless litany of shootouts with a cryptic ending that probably simply means
that Eastwood didn't know how to end it.
The sniper of an elite unit deployed in Iraq is about to shoot a child that
is carrying a weapon towards a military convoy.
A flashback shows Chris being raised by a tough gun-loving father who taught
him to fight like a wolf. Chris enrolled to avenge the terrorist attacks against
US embassies in Africa. The flashback shows his training and his love affair
with Taya, who becomes his wife just before his deployment in Iraq.
Now the film rolls back to the first scene, where Chris the seasoned sniper is
aiming at the child. The child starts running to throw the grenade, Chris kills
him. The woman grabs the grenade and throw it at the troops.
That is Chris' daily life. He kills a
suicide bombers and insurgents. His fellow soldiers respect him.
His wife is pregnant and misses him, but he is assigned to a
special mission to capture the most wanted terrorist, nicknamed "Butcher"
because of what he does to his victims. Chris' truck is attacked by terrorists
just when his wife calls to tell him that she's expecting a boy.
The Butcher gets away killing the males of the family that tried to help Chris'
unit. The mission failed and the soldiers are sent back home.
His wife is happy but Chris is not: after his baby is born Chris can't wait
to go back to Iraq and find the butcher. On the way Chris
meets his younger brother, who also enrolled and is a lot less excited about
Despite being betrayed and ambushed, Chris' unit finally kills the Butcher.
Back home, Chris meets a war veteran with an amputated leg in bar:
Chris saved his life.
A second child has been born to Taya. Chris
gets angry at the hospital that his daughter is not taken care of.
His wife doesn't recognize him. He is soon back in Iraq, surviving more
ambushes and shootouts.
More of his soldiers die.
Back home, he attends a funeral with his wife
of soldier who lost concentration because of a letter he received.
Chris has become a legendary sniper.
His wife is angry that Chris does not quit to stay with his family.
Iraq: almost kills a child who picked up a rocket launcher
His legend grows bigger, but one day
Chris, surrounded by enemies, calls his wife that he wants to go home.
A helicopter rescues his group.
She hears the shooting in the phone and doesn't know if he escaped alive.
Chris is in fact left behind, but eventually saved.
When he is sent back home, he spends hours in a bar before facing his wife.
At home he still hears the war, staring at the television that is not on.
Chris overreacts at a barbeque when a dog attacks a child.
He is haunted by all the guys he didn't save. One day he
goes hunting with his son, and now his wife is proud of him.
However, he gets killed by a veteran and many people attend his funeral.
Then came even more mediocre films:
The 15:17 to Paris (2018),
The Mule (2018),
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