I have several queries for all those who plan on financially supporting American Sniper.
What if there was a film made in Russia titled Russian Sniper? What if the film took place in 1980s Afghanistan instead of 2000s Iraq? What if it portrayed the deadliest Russian special forces sharpshooter during the unprovoked invasion, who killed Afghan men and women rather than Iraqis? What if in his ghost-written autobiography this Russian sharpshooter called the Afghans he killed “savages,” yet couldn’t explain to a Russian TV reporter why their behavior was different from his, especially when he wrote in his autobiography that he had no remorse about killing any of those people and in fact wished he had killed more? What if he also lied in his autobiography about hitting a former Russian special forces for a remark he had made and eventually his estate was successful sued in court for defamation by that man even though he wasn’t even mentioned by name? What if the film, either knowingly or unwittingly, tried to make the audience sympathize with him by portraying his personal life and supposed inner turmoil, while ignoring the same of the people he kills? What if a Russian magazine that claimed to be pro-freedom wrote in a review for the film that when the sharpshooter kills a woman his “duty is alarmingly clear, but his soul is torn,” and that he “wants only to protect his fellow fighters, and to dispatch the evil enemies who seek to annihilate them. Nothing else matters.”?
What if this film was featured at your local movie theater? What if a Russian friend asked you if you wanted to see it? What would your answer be?
Food for thought.