Sunday, January 12 2014, 03:31 PM MST
Movie Review: Lone Survivor
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Recommended To: Fans of war films heavy on action in a claustrophobic space.
Synopsis: On June 28, 2005 a SEAL team were sent into capture of kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Only one made it back alive.
Review: The mystery of Lone Survivor is not how the film ends, the title gives that away, but how the characters navigate the narrative. To that end director/screenwriter Peter Berg has succeeded in making a very engaging film that kept my attention from its opening scenes of men training to be SEALs until the credits started to roll. I would have liked some further character development of the secondary characters, but considering time restraints and the dead being unable to contribute to the telling of the tale the film works about as well as could be expected. The cast is quite good, although at times, because of the writing, their characters do feel a bit generic and interchangeable. Its certainly far better than I would have expected considering Berg's track record (Battleship, Hancock). Clearly his love for the story was able to help elevate Berg's filmmaking.
-Ryan Michael Painter