I have NO intention of writing my own review about a movie based on Marcus Luttrell's book Lone Survivor. Despite a brief career long ago and far away as a film and book reviewer, I have NO direct Military experience (have never served) so I am not qualified to speak with authority on movies such as Lone Survivor..Of course, along with everybody else I have watched as *professional, expert* movie reviewers have displayed their obvious ignorance - not just on Military matters, but on the objective/purpose of what an actual movie review IS.
Two movie reviews I want to share here, from folks who know what they are talking about.
From David French:
Lone Survivor and Insufferable Anti-American Self-Righteousness
January 15, 2014 By
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, and as the American public is increasingly “war weary” (a phrase I find fascinating since at any given time only 0.6 percent of Americans are in uniform, and the vast majority of Americans have endured not one single second of sacrifice for the war effort since 9/11), anti-military and anti-American sentiment may be rediscovering its Vietnam-era voice. The vehicle for the latest two minutes’ hate is a bit curious, however. Lone Survivor tells the story of a SEAL mission gone wrong and the resulting firefight where a small band of SEALs displayed remarkable courage under fire. But they showed more than courage. An act of humanity sealed their fate — the decision to free Afghan civilians that stumbled into their path. With their own lives on the line, they obeyed American rules of engagement, obeyed the laws of war, and conducted themselves with honor (with one SEAL posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor).
So how do some in the left-wing press write about this movie? Here’s L.A. Weekly:...
No, I refuse to excerpt the moron over at LA Weekly here, but go read French's full review here.
Then there is this from Brent Bozell:
Now -- finally! -- this story has been taken into theaters, with the movie "Lone Survivor," based on the memoir by Marcus Luttrell, the only SEAL to survive that day. The result: it "red-white-and-blew away the box office," ...
GO read the rest of Bozell's review here.
I DO have opinions on whether a professional book or movie reviewer has to be familiar with the subject matter, but in this case my opinions on this book or this movie are irrelevant. Years ago, I had a heated back and forth with a nationally syndicated movie reviewer about a movie (one of the stars of which I am well 'familiar' with,) based on a famous novel by a famous writer. The reviewer made some valid points which, even if I remain in disagreement with the harsh words from him about that movie, (and the performance of my loved one) his insights on movie reviewing were valid. Despite some reviewers' apparent belief that what they write is all and always about them - the writer - in this case specifically, in THIS movie about THESE Heroes, it most certainly is not. This movie review is not the right place for 'keyboard warriors' to be making ignorant political points.
My regular readers know very well I have strong political opinions (gasp) but there is a time and a place for those. Reviewing Lone Survivor is about honouring and respecting the sacrifices made in Operation Red Wing.
Any reviewer who can't leave their political agenda at home, for THIS movie, needs to stay home with those views. Period.
Interview with Danny Dietz's widow. GO listen.