Lone Survivor is one of very few recent DOD-supported films that is based on real events from the war on terror. In a period where the Pentagon is more interested in Transformers and superhero movies, Lone Survivor is an exception. Reports from the military Hollywood offices called it ‘a two hour infomercial’ about US special forces operations and they’re right to do so, as numerous facts were omitted and key scenes were rewritten at Phil Strub’s request. In this month’s subscriber podcast we examine Lone Survivor, how it was rewritten by the Pentagon and how this appeared to depoliticise the story as told in the original book but actually ended up reinforcing most of the author’s prejudices.
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