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Rated R · 121 min. · 2013

Action/Adventure, Drama

It's dicey to label director Peter Berg's film about a 2005 military operation in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 19 American sailors and soldiers as jingoistic. Indeed, Berg—an expert director when he wants to be—ably captures the proficiency and camaraderie of the Navy SEAL community, chiefly the four brave teammates ambushed by scores of Taliban fighters during the botched mission. Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the SEAL whose book serves as the film's source. Unfortunately, other compelling performers—including Ben Foster—bid a too-hasty exit due to the narrative's "and then there was one" format. Berg spends an inordinate amount of time earnestly extolling the military milieu, as if sharing each gung-ho incantation is a rite of passage for the honor of telling this tale. And for the 'murica audience, the firefights take on a video game quality where it takes multiple hits plus tumbles down a rocky crag to stop a SEAL, whereas faceless enemy killers go down with a single sure shot framed through a rifle scope.

Official Site: www.lonesurvivorfilm.com
Director: Peter Berg
Writer: Peter Berg
Producer: Sarah Aubrey, Randall Emmett, Akiva Goldsman, Norton Herrick and Barry Spikings
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Sammy Sheik, Alexander Ludwig, Scott Elrod, Sterling Jones and Ali Suliman

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