Monday, July 7, 2014

Lone Survivor (2013)

Director: Peter Berg. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana. 121 min. Rated R. War/Biography.

Based on a true story, four Navy Seals in the Afghanistan mountains come under heavy attack by the Taliban, for making the mistake of following the rules of engagement. Which means if they'd gone against the rules, they'd have a better chance at survival (weird message). And then when you think they're the invading force in another country, the whole movie becomes one big moral dilemma. Of course, the Seals' efforts are heroic, but the heroism is overshadowed by the film's ethical ambiguity, and undermined by a very long repetitive 45-minute mid-movie battle sequence. The true enemy is war itself.

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