Lone Survivor (Film) Review

Lone Survivor

Released: 10th January 2014
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana
Rating: R
Running Time: 121

While it may deliver its messages of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice a tad heavy-handedly, Lone Survivor finds writer/director Peter Berg wielding enough visceral power to mitigate many of his movie's jingoistic flaws.

LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on Friday, December 27, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10, 2014. (c) Universal Pictures

William Goss (Film.com) said:
"The film effectively assaults its audience almost as aggressively as its subjects."

David Edelstein (Vulture) said:
"Lone Survivor is a brutally effective movie, made by people who think that they're serving their country. But they're just making us coarser and more self-centered."

Geoff Pevere (Globe and Mail) said:
"The sensation of being pinned down and shot apart is so harrowingly conveyed by Peter Berg's fact-based war movie Lone Survivor that one almost forgives the movie's failure to be quite as persuasive in almost every other respect."

Peter Howell (Toronto Star) said:
"Lone Survivor comes on like a raised fist."

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle) said:
"We might look through the movie toward appreciating what the actual men went through, but that alone can't turn "Lone Survivor" into a satisfying movie experience."

Michael O'Sullivan (Washington Post) said:
"What's missing here is something, or rather, someone, to care about."

Ben Sachs (Chicago Reader) said:
"This has relatively little to say about why the U.S. armed forces invaded Afghanistan in the first place, but it's effective as genre filmmaking and surprisingly respectful in its depiction of non-Taliban Afghans."

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) said:
"Like the best war movies, Lone Survivor laces action with moral questions that haunt and provoke."

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) said:
"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."

Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly) said:
"Berg has made a powerful film and an important reminder of what really happens when we send men and women off to war. It's just too bad that subtlety isn't a stronger weapon in his arsenal."

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