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After watching Battleship and Lone Survivor, I have no doubt that director Peter Berg has a deep and earnest respect for America's military.  While one movie is a silly blockbuster and the other is based on a true-story tragedy, they both celebrate the honor and dedication of men and women in uniform.  Where I take issue with Berg is how he expresses his adoration of the troops.  In Battleship, a movie with aliens, spaceships, and explosive pegs, throwing in an appreciation of sailors is a nice sentiment.  In Lone Survivor, appreciation isn't a sentiment; it's a cause.  Berg's desire to honor the Navy SEALs who lost their lives on a Fubar mission is admirable, but the film's heavy emphasis on action makes physical endurance appear more commendable than deeds and intentions. In 2005, Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster »

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