LOS ANGELES — In “Lone Survivor,” filmmaker Peter Berg has finally found the right war to fight and the right cast to fight it. Based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s memoir of a failed military operation in Afghanistan, the action is led by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.
Whether it will be your kind of war depends. “Lone Survivor” is as much a paean to machismo as to the ultimate sacrifice of troops in the line of fire. That kind of unfiltered and excessive test of body, mind and spirit is characteristic of the muscular moviemaking Berg favors. Though it hasn’t always worked for the director (last year’s “Battleship” for example), it did on the football field in his 2004 breakthrough, “Friday Night Lights.” The attitude works better still in the Afghan mountains, where the combat is fierce and at ground level.
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