Excerpt: Drama bélico tremendamente espectacular en su puesta en escena pero incapaz de echar el freno cuando hace falta. Peter Berg opta por la exaltación del sacrificio hooyah en lugar de repudiar los horrores de la guerra. Lástima, aunque es digna de verse por su planificación técnica.
Excerpt: Berg doesn’t seem to have made the film as a piece of propaganda or to get people to chant “U! S! A!” at the screenings. He made the film to celebrate American heroes who put their lives on the line, and suffer the consequences.
Excerpt: At its best, Lone Survivor recalls the sort of lean, muscular action films that Walter Hill made in his heyday. It’s especially reminiscent of Southern Comfort, Hill’s relentlessly tense thriller about National Guardsmen who wrong a group of Cajuns and find themselves running through unfamiliar, hostile territory.
Excerpt: “Lone Survivor,” a seriously intended and well-crafted movie about modern warfare and warriors might well be Peter Berg’s atonement for “Battleship.” The bloody combat sequences are where this movie lives and breathes, and in fact those invite comparison to “Saving Private Ryan” and “Black Hawk Down.”
Excerpt: While “Lone Survivor” focuses specifically on the events leading up to and the ultimate execution of Operation Red Wings, what it doesn’t focus on is telling a story without resorting to tired jingoistic film tactics, instead offering viewers a tedious two-hour action film designed to manipulate the emotions of the audience based solely on the basis of it’s based in reality origins.
Excerpt: The true story of Operation Red Wings is well worth telling, a sad, thrilling, absurd exposition of everything that can go wrong in modern war, but for Berg it’s something like The Hunger Games with buff dudes in army fatigues.
Excerpt: Lone Survivor is a weird mix of jingoism and “war is hell” mentality. The opening crawl of actual training footage feels like a military recruitment film, but then the senseless escalating body count screams otherwise.
Excerpt: The film is more interested in the real-time action of that fateful day than character development, and yet, through all the sound, fury, and blood, there are visceral and dramatically quiet moments that don’t stand the viewer emotionally at arm’s length
Excerpt: The battle scenes are as grueling, as in-your-face excruciating as the running gunfights in ‘The Wild Bunch.’ Indeed, in places ‘Lone Survivor’ feels more like a revisionist western than a standard-issue war movie.
Excerpt: Its representation of war as action undercuts its seriousness as a film about humans suffering under extreme situations and its emphasis on ‘the brotherhood’ ends up having only an ideological intent. As it is, then, it is another American film that rewrites history and tries to sanctify dirty foreign policies.