Seth Rogen, Michael Moore blast ‘American Sniper’

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘American Sniper’ smashes box office records.

The war drama, which racked up a surprising 6 Oscar nominations—including Best Picture—collected a massive $90.2 million in its opening weekend to set a record for January.Even as “American Sniper” breaks January box-office records and revels in six Oscar nominations, criticism over the subject of the film, sharpshooter Chris Kyle, is rising and reaching into the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences, which votes on the Academy Awards.It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period.An R-rated movie about post-traumatic stress and death and war and sadness is on track to make an estimated $105 million in North-America over the long (Martin Luther King) weekend.

American Sniper, staring six-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper as navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a sniper with 164 confirmed “kills”, has clocked up $99.5 million in box offices across the world since its global release on Friday. Over the weekend, multiple Academy members told TheWrap that they had been passing around a recent article by Dennis Jett in The New Republic that attacks the film for making a hero out of Kyle, who said: “The enemy are savages and despicably evil,” and his “only regret is that I didn’t kill more.” Kyle made the statements in his best-selling book, “American Sniper,” on which the film is based. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide-release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it. “The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. According to The Hollywood Reporter , the Clint Eastwood-directed movie had the best January opening ever with $90.2 over the first three days of the weekend.

The film has also been deemed a critical success, with reviews noting that despite its simplistic portrayal of Middle Eastern politics Cooper’s performance as a soldier traumatised – and still battling – his demons elevated the film above the usual American military hagiography. By an enormous amount.” “American Sniper,” recently picked up Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Actor for star Bradley Cooper, and the awards buzz only intensified interest in the film.

Nicknamed “Legend,” the Navy SEAL served four tours in the Iraq War, received several commendations for valor, and racked up 160 confirmed kills—though he later claimed the actual number was 255. American Sniper broke the previous record set by Cloverfield in 2008 for its performance on Friday, and then beat James Cameron’s 2010 epic Avatar (which made $68.5million) for the most taken over the entire weekend. But Academy members seem to be paying attention to the criticism that Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper shouldn’t be celebrating a man who wrote that killing hundreds of Iraqis was “fun.” “He seems like he may be a sociopath,” one Academy member told TheWrap, adding he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around.

It also keeps Hart’s box office roll going following his success in recent hits such as “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man.” “Kevin Hart really is that guy that everybody wants to hang with,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. “Not only is he always funny, but he’s that guy that you want to sit down and have a beer with. Fonda, of course, attracted the ire of many Americans when she took a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 and posed for several photos with NVA troops, earning her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.” She later starred in the Oscar-winning Vietnam War drama Coming Home, about a ménage-a-trois involving Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD. And invaders r worse.” Neither distributor Warner Bros. nor the filmmakers have responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, though the studio said they intended to make someone available. This past weekend, she apologized for her “Hanoi Jane” days, calling her trip a “huge mistake.” While Fonda supported the film and its sympathy for PTSD-suffering military vets, other celebrities homed in on the film’s perceived jingoistic, pro-war message.

Meanwhile, the New Republic’s Jett has taken criticism for criticizing “Sniper” before seeing the film. “I have not seen ‘American Sniper,’” he wrote. “But if the trailer is any indication, Eastwood’s film, like ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ tries to make a straightforward situation more complex than it is.” Jett quickly attracted scorn for dismissing a film he hadn’t seen. The Washington Free Beacon called his story “amazingly dumb” and “idiotic tripe,” while Dissolve editor Scott Tobias tweeted, “I make no great claims as an editor, but if you send me a thinkpiece on a movie and you haven’t seen the movie, it goes back for revision.” But Jett’s piece does get to the heart of complaints about “American Sniper,” which are significantly different from the ones leveled at “Selma.” The latter film has been attacked for distorting real events; the former is attacked for having as its hero an unrepentant killer who bragged about seeing all Iraqis as “savages,” and also made some unverifiable claims that aren’t included in his book, including being recruited by the government to shoot looters from the roof of the Superdome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. If it’s not this movie, I hope to god another movie will come out where it will shed light on the fact of what servicemen and women have to go through, and that we need to pay attention to our vets. Complaints that Kyle may have lied about his activities, and that he was too enthusiastic a killer, have been around since the publication of the book. We were right, they were wrong … “It was not the war I saw during my time as an infantry platoon leader in Baghdad, and not the war many others saw overflowing with spectrums of gray.

This is a real and important perspective that must be explored and showcased in order to truly understand the broader American experience of the Iraq War.” In The Intercept, though, Peter Maass suggested that being true to one man’s experience is not enough. “There’s a dilemma at work: a war movie that is true of one American’s experience can be utterly false to the experience of millions of Iraqis and to the historical record,” he wrote. “Further, it’s no act of patriotism to celebrate, without context or discussion, a grunt’s view that the people killed in Iraq were animals deserving their six-feet-under fate.” For audiences, the complaints hardly matter, as tweets like this one from military wife Holly Fisher attest: “#AmericanSniper on 3 screens in my hometown tonight; all sold out. As Grantland’s Mark Harris tweeted, “’American Sniper’s’ huge opening being touted as a triumph for conservatives is, I think, where its Oscar story ends.”

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