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This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Taylor Kitsch, as Michael Murphy, Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, Ben Foster as Matt “Axe” Axelson, and Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz in a scene from the film, “Lone Survivor." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
DVD review: Combat, real and raw, in ‘Lone Survivor’

By Sean P. means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published May 31 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated May 31 2014 01:01 am

Grade • B

DVD •Combat movies don’t get more authentic in their depiction of in-the-battle chaos than "Lone Survivor," director Peter Berg’s intense look at a military mission gone wrong.

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This drama tells the real-life story of a four-man Navy SEAL team (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) who get caught in an ambush on a mission in Afghanistan, 2005.

Berg’s scenes in the Afghan forest, as bullets whiz past our foursome and things go from bad to worse, have a gritty, visceral feel that compensates for the sentimentalized scenes of the SEALs’ camaraderie back at the base.

Wahlberg applies his regular-Joe theatrical style well here, but the standout performance is Foster’s as a serviceman who refuses to die unless he has to.




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