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Heroic portrait of bravado in combat

Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell. Photo: PA Photo/Universal Pictures.

Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell. Photo: PA Photo/Universal Pictures.

Lone Survivor is based on the true story of a failed Navy SEALs operation to kill a high-ranking member of the Taliban.

The movie is a rousing tribute to the men who perished in June 2005 while serving their country.

Director Peter Berg is no stranger to explosive action and male posturing, having previously helmed The Kingdom, Hancock and the water-logged 2012 blockbuster Battleship. He is the perfect fit for this gruelling material, delivering a final 30 minutes that will have audiences wincing in horror as four SEALs fling themselves down the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border during a gunfight with the Taliban. Broken bones jut through shattered limbs and bullets scythe through flesh as the four-strong team continues to fight to the tragic end, aware that their struggles could be in vain. It’s a heroic and harrowing portrait of bravado in combat and the bonds of brotherhood behind enemy lines. At Bagram Air Base, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster) await their assignment.

 

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