Under the Radar

Watch the Trailer for 'American Sniper'



Bradley Cooper acquired the move rights to legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir American Sniper shortly before Kyle was killed by a fellow veteran in February 2013. After a false start with Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood stepped in to direct the film and the first trailer just debuted online.


In the trailer, Kyle/Cooper is providing cover for a convoy in Iraq. He monitors Iraqi civilians, trying to decide which ones are a threats to the soldiers he's there to protect. While there are a series of flashbacks to event's from Kyle's life, the trailer focuses on the decisions a sniper has to make: are the Iraqi citizens he's monitoring threats or innocent bystanders? The trailer ends suddenly as Kyle must decide whether to shoot a young boy with an RKG Russian grenade.

Kyle's book did a great job of conveying just how difficult those decisions are and it's no surprise that Clint Eastwood, whose career is full of films that focus on men making life-or-death choices with limited information, chose to introduce his movie with a scene like this one. American Sniper opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

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