"Lone Survivor," from writer/ director Peter Berg, has a technical… More"Lone Survivor," from writer/ director Peter Berg, has a technical ferocity that cannot be denied. The film's second half consists mainly of pronged volleys of war carnage; intensity arguably not seen in a Hollywood war production since Ridley Scott's superior "Black Hawk Down." The action is masterfully edited and staged, with award-level sound design. Berg has us tightly in his grasp in the picture's best moments, usually those in which the score is scrapped and we are immersed in the action with little in the way of the usual action movie tropes. While I admire "Lone Survivor" greatly for it's filmmaking and game cast, it's ultimately disappointing that Berg decided to garnish his gritty realism with occaional war movie cliches and hero worship. The way in which the Seals are garishly martyred akin to J.C. in "The Passion of the Christ" in particular is hard to swallow, especially considering the human stance Berg implements through most the picture, it's final stretch in particular. Such detractions are heightened in a good movie that could have been great. To quote Ben Foster's Matt Axelson while looking through the scope of his rifle, "You can die for your country... I'm gonna live for mine." Sometimes action is louder, and less cringe-inducing, than words.