A SOLDIER'S STORY: Wahlberg (centre), with costars Kitsch (left), Foster and Hirsch.
Though unevenly directed, Lone Survivor boasts an astonishing cast and heroic wartime story exploring, at its crux, the thorny nature of terrorism.
Mark Wahlberg, who co-produced the film, leads an enthusiastic, if courageous pack of US Navy Seals on a hunt for a Taliban mastermind in the treacherous hills of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the mission, green-lighted by an easy-going sergeant (played by Eric Bana), proves ill-advised and the whole thing starts to fall apart when the men are trapped in the heights of the unfamiliar terrain and outnumbered by armed Taliban warriors with very little hope of survival.
Based on actual events that inspired the book of the same name on which the film is based, Lone Survivor finds director Peter Berg (A Long Way Gone) returning to familiar territory: an into-the-wilderness odyssey fraught with peril of gargantuan proportions, and filmed with wide-angled cinematography.
As for the supporting cast, it's a brass-heavy aggregation of seasoned pros: Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and the like, who share a rapport as notable for its raw masculine energy as for its bravery and rigid uniformity that speak highly of those who selflessly put their lives on the line in the service of the American armed forces. Tyrone's Verdict: B