Bradley Cooper Struggles in War in Second 'American Sniper' Trailer

December 18, 2014
Source: Warner Bros.

American Sniper

"Would you be surprised if I told you that the Navy has credited you with over 160 kills?" Bradley Cooper has been the focus of some major awards buzz for his turn in Clint Eastwood's modern war drama American Sniper, based on the true story of a Navy SEAL sniper. And while there's plenty of praise in this trailer, I have to say that performances are about the only thing worth commending. Otherwise, the film feels artificial (especially in the use of a rival enemy sniper), lacks subtlety, and doesn't cover any material that we haven't seen in films like Born on the Fourth of July or Saving Private Ryan. But judge for yourself.

Here's the second trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper from Warner Bros. Pictures:

You can still watch the second trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper right here.

American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers) and written by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia). The film is based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography titled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History with a screenplay adapted by Jason Hall, who wrote Paranoia. It tells the story of how Kyle racked up the most confirmed kills for an American during his time in the armed forces while his wife raises their children as he fights overseas. Warner Bros. releases the film Christmas Day with a wide release coming January 16th.

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I think the trailer shows new material to be honest to a lot of other war films. The balance between home life and the stuff a solider needs to deal. With the amount of kills credited to the guy I doubt the use of the enemy sniper is a big deal in the film, or at least I hope not, but will instead be just another example of the kind of messed up situations our troops witness and then are expected to leave behind upon return to home.

Steven on Dec 18, 2014


I've seen the movie. The enemy sniper is a pivotal part of the film, and thus, why it's such a frustrating element. Also, there are tons of war dramas, especially after the Iraq War, that dealt with coming home between and after tours. That's why I don't think this one offers anything worthwhile.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 18, 2014


That's a shame on the sniper. I'm sure they could of used something else from his tours. However I still think the use of how these guys deal with coming home is fresher when it's not fiction and far more important.

Steven on Dec 19, 2014


"The Hurt Locker" smokes this film, and Renner smoked Cooper as well as far as performance.

1sb1 on Jan 15, 2015


That's a pity. Hurt Locker was overrated IMO and became totally unrealistic as the film went on.

Steven on Jan 19, 2015


Yeah man, judging it a bit premature aren't we? At least see the film first. I scoffed at the Edge of Tomorrow trailer, and that movie was awesome!

RAW_D on Dec 18, 2014


the trailer for EOT was sound....ruh-tarded

santabunny on Dec 18, 2014



Why? on Dec 18, 2014


war is hell, no question about it... and it's wrong choice of solving things...

shiboleth on Dec 18, 2014


Yeah...the English should have just asked the Nazi's to stop their attempt at world domination ROLLS EYES

santabunny on Dec 18, 2014


and it looks like those English did learn their lesson from Nazis very well. And they are doing just fine... The WWII is, unfortunately, nowadays not going to be remembered as a war that stops all wars but to produce new wars and Nazis seem to be excellent alibi for it...

shiboleth on Dec 19, 2014


What alibi? Germany invaded the rest of Western Europe. What were the British supposed to do?

Dennis Olivares on Dec 19, 2014


I was talking about the period after the WWII. Having said that, can we move after that time? Or shall we start about the history classes? In that fashion, we can reach stone age too...

shiboleth on Dec 20, 2014


I believe the 'author', as you refer to him, has already seen the whole film, if I'm not mistaken; didn't I read that from him a few days or so ago?

Bo on Dec 18, 2014


Sweaty palms. Buckets of it. This looks so good.

DAVIDPD on Dec 18, 2014


As I was hoping. Far from a gun-ho film. This looks terrifying. Who would want this job! Film looks riveting.

Mr Chatterbox on Dec 18, 2014


Because it doesn't show him as a hero.

Mr Chatterbox on Dec 18, 2014


That's not the reason I don't like the movie at all. If it made him look like a flat out here, I would dislike the movie much more. The problem is that it offers every cliche in the book from war heroics to PTSD and all the stuff you've seen from plenty of other war dramas before. The sniper angle is unique, but it only goes so far, and it starts to feel like Captain America: The Middle Eastern Soldier after awhile.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 18, 2014


I've seen the entire movie. So I'm not judging the entire movie based on the trailer.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 18, 2014


I will watch this eventually, but not because it doesn't look fantastic. I don't think I can handle the feels. Gonna be an emotional ride.

michaelscott on Dec 18, 2014


"good bless america" again?

zbam on Dec 19, 2014


Off corsee they are the onces that make them right?

Jamie Holmes on Jan 5, 2015


Another boring movie from an overrated boring director.

Pincode on Dec 19, 2014


Overrated? I've respect your opinion, but are u really serious?

ANOTHERDUMUSER on Dec 19, 2014


Can you watch one his directed movies,easily for second time?

Pincode on Dec 23, 2014


Gran Torino, Million Dolar baby and Unforgiven for example, not second, but third , forth... times

ANOTHERDUMUSER on Dec 24, 2014


I think you'd be mentally challenged with Shrek.

Doc on Jan 12, 2015


This trailer looks incredible, it's just a shame that Chris Kyle lied about knocking out Jesse Ventura in a bar...

Alex on Dec 19, 2014


I'm gonna watch the shit out of this movie. The first teaser was amazing. I hope he makes the story about the taliban/Iraqi sniper aswell. I would like that movie.

Jamie Holmes on Jan 5, 2015


Love Clint Eastwood movies and like Bradley Cooper a lot. Sorry, just saw the movie, and considering it's content and setting it is slow and boring, in a bad way. Doesn't stand up to ten minutes of Saving Private Ryan. I don't mind slow and boring when it's great--like the English Patient, or The Diving Bell and Butterfly--but American Sniper is SO overrated. And to an even greater extent, so is Bradly Cooper's "performance"--if you can call it that. Dull, monotonous, and considering the content and setting, too even-keeled--lacking intensity or believability. He was 10x better in Silver Linings Playbook. This is your typical Hollywood Legacy/Promo/Hype thing that everybody is falling for. Not me. And painfully obvious. Total BS as Best Picture and Actor. Would be a travesty.

1sb1 on Jan 15, 2015

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