Three Types of People in the World According to American Sniper (2015)

There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.

Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.

And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression, and the overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.

We’re not raising any sheep in this family, and I will whoop your ass if you turn into a wolf.

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We protect our own. If someone tries to fight you, or tries to bully your little brother, you have my permission to finish it.

You know who you are.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who don’t like this movie. They’ll tell you that it whitewashes the story of a killer, and that much is true. Chris Kyle was not honest about all of his experience, and I’d read criticisms about the film before watching it.

I started it with no expectations. There were some riveting scenes, scenes that make you question just how to tell a combatant from a civilian. The pace of the film was spot on. The subject matter interesting. You’ll walk away with a sense of just how hard a U.S. Navy SEAL is – these guys are an elite outfit, and I hope that they keep their standards high throughout time.

Michael and Eric Cummings wrote an interesting article on The Surprising History of American Sniper’s “Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs” Speech (Slate Browbeat Culture Blog). The article has some great discussion on some of the more critical issues from the film and the War on Terror.