Chris Kyle, the U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography inspired this Clint Eastwood drama, was shot to death in February 2013—not in Iraq, where he earned the distinction of being the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills, but at a Texas shooting range more than three years after his honorable discharge. An advocate for veterans, Kyle had gone to the range with Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old former marine who suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and who now faces murder charges for allegedly killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. For legal reasons, Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall are forced to treat the incident obliquely, with a title offering the barest description of what happened; this frustrating anticlimax is followed by an end-credits montage of news footage showing Kyle’s funeral procession along Interstate 35, which drew hundreds of onlookers, and a memorial service at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas. Continue reading >>