Lone Survivor‘s dialogue speaks for itself: “If I die, I want you to make sure that Cindy knows how much I love her, and that I died with my brothers.” Incidentally, this is no spoiler when three of our lead clichés-cum-cadavers commit the ultimate war movie no-no and speak of sweethearts before gearing up.
The film flickers only briefly, too little when considering three shepherds – “that’s not a kid, that’s a soldier” – and too late in a final act that offers the smallest of wrinkles. For all its bonding and protocol authenticity… Lone Survivor isn’t half dull.
TL;DR – Impressively beige no matter how much camouflage and blood director Peter Berg peppers the camera with, Lone Survivor resembles an extended recruitment advert for the first half and a snoozily detached war movie for the second – which is fitting because that’s what it is.
CAST: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana
DIRECTOR: Peter Berg
WRITER: Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
SYNOPSIS: Four elite SEALs find themselves under attack in an unfamiliar environment after their mission becomes compromised.