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.
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.