"Lone Survivor" Movie Review: 3 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Roughly half of "Lone Survivor" is a standard-issue
But the other half -- the hour or so of writer-director
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This is a straight, hard, do-or-die scenario, vividly re-created by Berg.
Berg adapts the best-seller "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10,"
His fellow SEALs are portrayed by Taylor Kitsch,
The heart of the film is pure crisis and response.
And then it goes wrong.
They're ambushed, and for the better part of "Lone Survivor" we see them shot, thrown down boulder-strewn inclines, fight back, attempt to regain a foothold. The actors know what's required of them. You wouldn't call an actor such as Foster an underplayer, but Berg manages to get all his actors in the same movie and keep conventional histrionics to a minimum. The situations that make up "Lone Survivor" are harrowing to begin with; they don't need goosing.
Berg shot the film in the mountains and sound stages of
At its best, though, "Lone Survivor" accomplishes its mission, which is to respect these men, dramatize what they went through and let the more troubling matters of moral consequence trickle in where, and how, they may. (In one tense sequence the men debate the fate of goat herders they encounter.)
Wahlberg remains one of our most reliable and least actorly of movie stars, innately macho but vulnerable enough to seem like a human being caught in an inhuman situation. Berg's film pays attention to every setback, every moment lost or won on that mountain.
MPAA rating: R (for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language), Running time: 2:01.
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Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war