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'Lone Survivor' scores points for accuracy

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    For those moviegoers just craving a bit of action, this film’s fearsome battles should more than meet your needs, but for the more demanding viewer, the true story of “Lone Survivor” also delivers a good dosage of humanity. Based on the book of the same name by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and novelist Patrick Robinson, the movie follows the events of Operation Red Wings, when four SEALs came under attack from overwhelming Taliban forces in the middle of enemy territory in Afghanistan.

    The film introduces the four main characters, HM1 Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter”), Lt. Michael P. Murphy (Taylor Kitsch, “John Carter”), GM2 Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch, “Killer Joe”) and STG2 Matthew Axelson (Ben Foster, “Contraband”), quickly establishing their rich family lives and the strength of their bonds as brothers in arms. Soon thereafter, Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen (Eric Bana, “Hanna”) sends them into the Afghan mountains on a mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader.

    After making a difficult moral decision over whether to release or kill a few goatherds who accidentally stumble upon the four SEALs’ hiding place, the heroes of the movie rapidly find themselves under attack by local Taliban militia. Stranded in the middle of the Afghan wilderness and having only limited radio contact with American forces, their options leave the soldiers with no choice but to fight for survival.

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    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.