These four men were heroes. But these heroes were also men. As the film portrays them, their attitudes to the incredibly complex War on Terror, fought hillside by bloody hillside in the Afghan frontier with both U.S. and Taliban forces contributing to an unconscionably high civilian body count, were simple: Brown people bad, American people good. ...Oh the humanity! Both sides are to blame for a high body count? Did he miss the reason why these guys were discovered by the Taliban? They refused to kill the goat herders even though they knew it would lead to their discovery. And comparing us to the Taliban is the deepest form of intellectual dishonesty. Their violence and cruelty has been well documented--or does the reviewer forget the women with their noses hacked off, acid burns, the beheadings, the roadside bombs, the raids on villages, the raping of women and children (including boys), etc.
I'd like to think that, on some level, Berg is questioning the sense of a film — and a foreign policy — that makes target practice of our magnificent teams of hard-bodied, hairy-chested, rootin'-tootin', shootin', parachutin', double-cap-crimpin' frogmen, these soldiers who decorate their bunks with baby pictures of themselves next to an American flag and are so nobly eager to sacrifice their lives for each other and their country. But the ammo doesn't stop blasting long enough for their deaths to have weight. Instead, Lone Survivor just reads like a quasi-political exaggeration of a slasher film: the cellphones that don't work, the rescuers just out of reach, the killers chasing our victims through the woods.
What are we meant to learn from this waste of life? Who is even to blame? All Lone Survivor offers is the queasiest apology of the year. Grunts a battered Wahlberg to his even more-battered best buddy, "I'm sorry that we didn't kill more of these motherf[*****]s." Replies his fellow soldier, "Oh, don't be f[*****] sorry. We're going to kill way more of them."
And what are we to learn from "this waste of life?" How about patriotism, honor, bravery and loyalty? Or that the war on terror focused on truly evil and terrible people? Why does the reviewer believe that every movie needs to be poisoned by the narrow minded bigotry and stupidity of the left?
However, to atone for Lone Survivor, Hollywood will be releasing dozens of box office bombs that will appeal to the leftist navel gazers. Harvey Weinstein has announced that he and Meryl Streep are going to produce a move that attacks the NRA. I think it's time we get rid of the Hollywood tax cuts and subsidies, and let the movie stars, directors, producers and companies begin paying their "fair share," since they obviously have too much time and money on their hands.