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Film Review: Vice (2015) and American Sniper (2014)

Vice (2015). Written by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore and directed by Brian A Miller. The film opens with an advert, promising that you can have any fantasy fulfilled at Vice, a resort staffed by robots. Vice has a lot of echoes of Westworld - a resort where the self-indulgent rich can do what they like, including murder of the robots that inhabit it. Rather than the robots being the protagonist in this the humans are, which is a vaguely interesting twist. Unfortunately the B-movie script, direction, acting, and effects don't help. Recommended for those who don't mind their science fiction at the B-movie level. 2/5 (Poor)

American Sniper (2014). Based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle and directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is initially set during the Iraq War. US Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is defending soldiers who are carrying out checks of buildings. Kyle spots a man on a mobile phone on the roof of a building, followed by a woman and child at ground level. The woman passes a grenade to the child who approaches the convoy, and Kyle is left with the decision of whether to kill the child. I had mixed feelings watching American Sniper as it's rather schizophrenic. On the one hand Bradley Cooper is excellent and the partial anti-war theme feels right. But at other times it's a rather dull portrayal of war, and at worst it feels positively pro-war and jingoistic. It's a shame it didn't stick with a more realistic view of war throughout, whether anti or not. And like any film based on a (auto)biogprahy, you have to wonder how much of it is genuine. Those who enjoy flag waving war films but don't mind an overall mixed message will enjoy. 3/5 (Average)
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