Friday, May 22, 2015
Direct TV pay per view
I finally got to see American Sniper courtesy of Direct TV pay per view. I think it cost me $5.00, something in that neighborhood.
They've had some good movies lately. I wanted to see this when it came out in theaters, but my wife will only go to "happy ending" movies and she knew this wasn't one. So I had to wait a bit.
Things have changed so much that other than the AK-47 and the RPG the bad guys used, I didn't recognize much of anything. The uniforms, 782 gear, personal weapons, vehicles, etc are so far removed from my time they might have been something out of a science fiction movie.
I did understand the relationship between the fighters that the movie portrayed. That hasn't changed, so far as I could tell.
I felt kind of sorry for the protagonist. He lived by old values, mentally he lived in a different time, and it made things harder on him than they would otherwise have been. He believed in things people curl their lips up at now.
It's sad that he made it all the way through four combat tours in Iraq and then got killed by some psychopath who "just wanted to be famous."
I haven't read the book but I guess I will order a copy.