‘Lone Survivor’ Captures Realities Of War
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LOS ANGELES — In “Lone Survivor,” filmmaker Peter Berg has finally found the right war to fight and the right cast to fight it. Based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s memoir of a failed military operation in Afghanistan, the action is led by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.
Whether it will be your kind of war depends. “Lone Survivor” is as much a paean to machismo as to the ultimate sacrifice of troops in the line of fire. That kind of unfiltered and excessive test of body, mind and spirit is characteristic of the muscular moviemaking Berg favors. Though it hasn’t always worked for the director (last year’s “Battleship” for example), it did on the football field in his 2004 breakthrough, “Friday Night Lights.” The attitude works better still in the Afghan mountains, where the combat is fierce and at ground level.
Berg, who wrote and directed, is more interested in how men deal with battle than the ideals or the politics that put them there. What the movie achieves, with a gruesome energy and a remarkable reality, is a firefight. Bullets ripping through bodies; harrowing falls snapping bones; blinding pain; men soldiering on despite wounds that should stop them. Captured in uncompromising detail by director of photography Tobias Schliessler, this movie is not for the faint of heart.