"American Sniper" has been crowned 2014's top-grossing film -- as well as the highest-earning war movie of all time -- but still, the controversy surrounding the Oscar-nominated project lingers. Linda Stasi of The Daily News wrote that the film "may or may not be completely accurate," and Garett Reppenhagen, an American sniper himself, lamented that "audience members are mistaking Chris Kyle’s view of the war as 'the' story about the war'" in a piece for Salon.
Eric Greiten disagrees. A Navy SEAL and the author of Resilience, he told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Monday that the Clint Eastwood directed film "did a pretty great job" with its depiction of the war.
"Not only in the little spots from Navy SEAL training, but actually in their representation of what it was like in Iraq," he said. "They obviously had some great advisors on the film because they almost got everything right."
The one thing Greiten noted as being "a little bit off" was the extent to which soldiers were able to communicate with their families at home while on the job.
"You're actually not able to call home on a satellite phone and talk to your wife in the middle of combat, but I understand why, for dramatic reasons, they wanted to put that into the movie," he admitted.
"Otherwise, they did a very good job of giving you a really realistic sense of what it was like to serve in Iraq," he continued, "and they gave you some insight into the training as well. They did a really remarkable job."
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