I can’t see the enemy through all those flags… – “Lone Survivor”

Nowadays, Hollywood war films almost too often fall into the category of flag-wavy patriotic propaganda. I don’t mind that particularly, so long as the film is simply enjoyable to watch in any fashion. However, I’d love to see some more challenging work (and still aimed at the general audience) that would add to the discussion on the validity of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria, but it will probably require a few more decades for the film-makers to gain the necessary perspective on the subject. I think that films like “Zero Dark Thirty” would either end up completely different, or would be received in a different way, if we waited 5-10 years to make them. The same goes, quite unfortunately, for “Lone Survivor” directed by Peter Berg, as it is way too easy a target for criticism. Continue reading