Based on true events, Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of four Navy Seals on a covert mission to neutralize a high-ranking Taliban member that goes terrible wrong. Long Survivor is an intense story of courage that i'm sure would be incredibly effective to anyone who served in the military. The film begins in a rather frightening 'Ammmurica" type way but once the film gets past the initial chest-bumping machoism aspect it becomes a much more compelling and interesting film. Luckily this is a film apolitical in approach that captures how the morality of war isn't easy or pretty. The film doesn't try to make it this squeaky clean conversation but definitely captures the muddled morality that is so commonly the truth in these situations. This is most prevalent during the inciting incident where the four seals come across a father and two sons from the village under Taliban control. This isn't a major aspect of the film but a very important one for me. The action sequences are intentionally disorienting in an attempt to put the viewer into the action. It isn't done in the traditional shakey-cam way but more in the way the camera moves around the action making a frantic, visceral experience. Above all things, the stunt work in Lone Survivor is top notch, you really feel the pain on every fall. There are some poor directorial choices though, like Berg's overuse of slow-motion in a few key moments that ring cheesy and almost laughable in their self-importance. With any film similar to this one I did find myself questioning some of the validity of this true story at times, but I can't judge the film on something I don't know enough about. Peter Berg's Lone Survivor is not a great movie by any means but it serves it purpose in delivering a apolitical story of survival and resilience.
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