Salon: 'Lone Survivor a Shameless War-Porn Spectacle'

"A pro-war propaganda surprise hit."

Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com claims the new hit film "Lone Survivor" is nothing more than "pro-war propaganda" -- "a shameless war-porn spectacle."

The media really hates films about the U.S. military. "Lone Survivor" is the latest film to stick in their craw as evidenced by these recent reviews and interviews

In Salon, O'Hehir insists that the moviegoer has "no context or the training of this elite corps of soldiers who go off to kill and die for unmentioned and inexplicable causes." But he then admits, "OK, we do learn their specific mission." So right off the bat, his entire premise is blown.

Even though O'Hehir does acquiesce to the fact that the film is devoid of politics, he is still bothered by the "visual symbolism and the iconography" that are not "apolitical or ideologically neutral at all." He is bothered by the Taliban being in "tribal gear... brought down with a single shot" while American soldiers "can be shot three times, five times, a dozen times without dying." But they did die -- he just does not like the "slo-mo Christ-like agony" portrayal of their deaths. Why?

[I]t…conveys the unmistakable impression that American suffering and death is qualitatively different and more profound than the death of some dudes from an Afghan village about whom we know nothing. With those guys, there is no possibility of grieving wives or children, or a complex back story with many motivating factors.

To O'Hehir, the line between good guys and bad guys is just too blurry. Not only because the Taliban are painted as the enemy without a fair back-story, but also because this SEAL team was based at Bagram Air Force, where intense torture was conducted by the CIA on combatants. Apparently, that is too contradictory to justify an offensive attack against terrorists hell-bent on killing innocent people using information that was likely a result of those interrogations.  

For him, it just boils down to this film being a "macho tragic fantasy" that says "dying for the red, white and blue is still a holy enterprise." 

He is not upset that Americans wanted to see this film ($38 million at the box office on its opening weekend), he is depressed that they are "swallowing the disgusting symbolism." 

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