This weekend, the film "Lone Survivor," which depicts an aborted military mission in Afghanistan, opened in wide release. It is the latest film from director Peter Berg, who usually makes action films. This is also an action film, but one with significant attention to character development.
"Lone Survivor" stars Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, a member of a Navy SEAL team. This team, led by Mike Murphy (played by Taylor Kitsch), is assigned to go to Afghanistan to capture a Taliban leader. The other team members are Danny Dietz (played by Emile Hirsch) and Matt Axelson (played by Ben Foster). Before they get to the leader, they get into a big battle with Taliban forces in the forest.
The performances are all excellent. Mark Wahlberg is very good in the lead role. Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster are all equally strong as the other team members. All these actors make their characters seem like real soldiers.
"Lone Survivor" does a good job showing the way the soldiers plan their mission. Berg does not render them as over-the-top, flawless heroes, but shows that they are well-trained, everyday guys who must face enormous obstacles. The soldiers are very smart and know what they are doing.
The battle sequences in the film are amazing. There is a lot of suspense as the main characters are struggling to stay alive.
With a full dose of action, "Lone Survivor" reminds us of how much jeopardy our armed forces must confront and how difficult their task can be.