Lone Survivor


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You’d think you could only go up from Battleship. Writer-director Peter Berg’s new pie-eyed paean to the American military, adapted from Marcus Luttrell’s nonfiction book of the same name, chronicles a real-life mission gone wrong – 2005’s Operation Red Wings. A four-man Navy SEAL team (Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch) is dropped into Afghanistan, tasked with assassinating a high-ranking Taliban leader. Unfortunately, these mighty mercenaries are quickly discovered by civilian goatherds, after which things go south very quickly.

Lone Survivor relishes every bloody bullet hit and Dolby-accentuated bone crunch while trading in the most facile armed-conflict ironies. Berg treats the SEAL team like cartoon symbols of American sacrifice – in one sequence, several of them even roll down the steep side of a cliff like Wile E. Coyote thwarted by jihadist Road Runners. Those evil Afghans, meanwhile, twirl their moustaches plenty in the first act, which of course portends the appearance of a bunch of saintly ones in the third. Berg may be adhering to the basic facts, but his movie’s childish machismo is a disgrace to all involved.

By Keith Uhlich
Time Out Doha,

Lone Survivor

  • Duration: 121
  • Released: Thu, 30 Jan
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Stars: Emile Hirsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch

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