Even after returning home from the war in Iraq, Chris Kyle, a SEAL sniper, cannot let go of the horrors he has experienced. This begins to affect his marriage and his life.
Based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, “American Sniper” is one of the best depictions of combat-related PTSD of the past decade. Cooper’s thousand-yard stare is haunting, as is his body language and interaction with others. Watching Kyle navigate his extreme discomfort and mask his symptoms is especially jarring — and, unfortunately, reflects how many people with PTSD feel they must act as if nothing is wrong. In one particularly powerful scene, Kyle is at a family barbecue, sitting with his wife and watching his son play with the family dog. When the dog appears to attack the child, Kyle is triggered and almost kills the dog before his wife intervenes. The look of humiliation on his face is haunting. In real life, Kyle worked through his own PTSD by helping fellow veterans who also struggled with the condition before his death in 2013.