Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” on the Chris Kyle Type

“There are four types of people who join the military. For some, it’s a family trade. Others are patriots, eager to serve. Next you have those who just need a job. Then there’s the kind who want a legal means of killing other people.”

– The title character of the 2012 movie Jack Reacher, played by Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, listing the "four types" to Rosamund Pike's Helen Rodin.
Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, listing the “four types” to Rosamund Pike’s Helen Rodin.

As for the fourth type, Reacher was referring to another character in the film, an American sniper prosecuted for murders both in Iraq and the US.

Jack Reacher's "American Sniper": James Barr, played by Joseph Sikora.
Jack Reacher’s “American Sniper”: James Barr, played by Joseph Sikora.

Judging from Kyle’s own words, this character is a much more accurate portrayal of Chris Kyle’s psyche than the one created by Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper.

“But after you kill your enemy, you see it’s okay. You say, Great. You do it again. And again. (…) I loved what I did. I still do. If circumstances were different–if my family didn’t need me–I’d be back in a heartbeat. I’m not lying or exaggerating to say it was fun.”

– Chris Kyle, American Sniper

Here’s an idea: Clint Eastwood could make American Sniper the first movie in a trilogy about heroes who gleefully murder people in other countries from a safe distance. Next up: “American Drone Operator” and “American Neocon Laptop Bombardier.”

American Drone Operator, Scene 1
Bradley Cooper into a cellphone: “I’m ready to come home baby!”
Sienna Miller: “Okay… then come home.”
Cooper steps out into a parking lot in Indian Springs, Nevada.

In a sane and moral world, it wouldn’t be American Sniper raking in tens of millions, but Citizenfour.

(Should read “risked his life.”)

Finally, be sure to watch for comparison the Nazi version of American Sniper (the one controversially referenced by Seth Rogen), this film-within-a-film from Inglorious Basterds:


16 thoughts on “Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” on the Chris Kyle Type”

  1. After reading the book , I came away with the impression that Chris Kyle was one sick puppy.

  2. I'm not sorry Chris Kyle died. I'm sorry he was born and that he lived. I can't wait until "W", his father and Tony Blair Witch Project die.

  3. Note that the scene actually looks a lot like the sniper scene from "Saving Private Ryan" as well- the one where the American sniper can't miss, either. Interesting what happens when the "hero" is wearing the uniform of the bad guys.

  4. you are all gutless unappreciative cowards. How many of you have done anything selfless like the legend. Move to canada where rogan should be deported

  5. Legend? Bullshit. Maybe in your tiny imagination. The guy was a class A creep (psychopath) which is what you are apparently, being unable to tell the difference. Good riddance.

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