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Film review

‘Lone Survivor’ excruciatingly real but gets far-fetched at times, too

From left, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Mark Wahlberg are seen in “Lone Survivor,” the story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative.
Photographer: Gregory E. Peters/Universal Pictures
From left, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Mark Wahlberg are seen in “Lone Survivor,” the story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative.
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A grim chapter in Navy SEALs history earns a heroic, no-punches-pulled accounting in “Lone Survivor,” an above-average action outing for Mark Wahlberg & Co. Based on the true story of the ill-fated SEAL Team 10 and a mission that went messy in 2005, it is still very much a movie. A few scenes, a few sentiments and the tone seem inspired by the John Wayne flag-waver “The Green Berets,” another film about another battle in ...

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