The film is leading at the box office, but that's not a reason to see it. If nothing else, "Lone Survivor" serves America by confronting us and the political class with what America is desperately trying to avoid and forget.
heroic battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks were long ago. And the advantage once held by the political class, talking about duty as if they understood it, is long gone. They don't make speeches about war. President Barack Obama remains stubbornly ambiguous at best about the other 9/11, about those other former SEALs who were left to die on the rooftops of Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.
What worried me was that it would turn out to be a typical Hollywood war movie, with archetypal characters (the city kid, the cynic, the country boy, etc.) and some kind of big speech at the climax.
But it wasn't a typical Hollywood war movie. It is about morality and the cost and a mission gone wrong. And I'm glad I saw it.
Instead, there was a short line. But it seized me and I just can't shake it. It is delivered on the bloody mountain, a request from one wounded SEAL to another, asking, simply, that a message be sent to his wife:
is, I'd hoped avoid it. Marcus Luttrell changed my mind.
A few scribes, trolling for readers, criticize the movie as political propaganda. I just don't think they get it. The movie works because it isn't political. It works because it is about brothers.
My father spent almost a decade fighting, first in World War II, in the Albanian mountains in the snow against the Italians and Germans. He survived the Nazi occupation when the Germans forced starvation of Athens. Then came more fighting in the terrible civil war against the communist guerrillas in Greece.
"If I die I want you to make sure that Cindy knows how much I love her, and that I died with my brothers with a full . heart."
Like many of you, I'd heard the buzz about "Lone Survivor," with some early reviews talking about the realism, although how the hell would they know? Realism in a war movie? My father had an answer when we'd ask him to watch a war movie on TV.
So after that, he wasn't remotely interested in war movies. If you told him a war movie was supposed to be "realistic," he'd just look at you, or look through you. Once he said that if a war movie was truly realistic, then you could smell it. And it doesn't smell like popcorn.
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Tapper: "It seemed senseless. I don't mean to disrespect in any way, but it seemed senseless all of these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong."
You see them with their wives, with their kids, you read their names.
Luttrell: "We spend our whole lives training to defend this country and then we were sent over there by this country so you're telling me because we were over there doing what we were told by our country that it was senseless? And my guys what? They died for nothing?"Luttrell: "That's what you said. So, let me just say, it went bad for us over there, but that was our job. That's what we did. We didn't complain about it."
One of the good things about "Lone Survivor" is that there isn't a big rousing speech from the star. Prada Sunglasses Mirror
When the movie had finished, as the credits rolled, many of us in the theater sat still and stayed that way, thinking of what we'd just seen. On screen, there were photos of the actual SEALs and helicopter pilots and other soldiers who died in that fight.
Luttrell is the lone survivor, the SEAL who wrote the book on which the movie is based. In a recent interview on CNN, Jake Tapper said something unfortunate about Afghanistan.
Whether it wins any prizes is irrelevant. Such honors are about cliques and politics. At the awards ceremony, the stars stand on the red carpet and talk about what they're wearing, how they're feeling. They hold up that shiny golden statue. They chatter. They're validated.
Here's the thing: America sends our people into bad places, into Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. So we owe them. The very least we owe them is consideration.
'Lone Survivor' confronts the true cost of war
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." In the age of the superhero, the movies most reliable real life hero has been the Navy SEAL. "Lone Survivor," is the latest in a string of films, including "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Act of Valor" to honor the Navy special operations force with as much faithfulness as the filmmakers could muster. Navy SEALs forced to fight a terrible and White Prada Wallet
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