Top positive review
Excellent rendering of the book.
on June 4, 2014
The book was inspiring and enough to bring you to tears. The dedication, training, loyalty and courage of these men makes you very proud to be an American. I was dismayed to see them put at the great disadvantage of the rules of engagement. We take the finest, train them and then expose them to needlessly hold their fire in the face of a clear and present danger. Thus we risk for the sake of PC the very lives of those on whom we rely in the most dangerous situations in their task of protecting Americans. The movie follows the book closely and deviates mostly where it is necessary to condense. The acting was great but I did not feel the same sense of loss and grief that I did with the book. This is partly because of the writing and directing I believe. I also think that not enough time in the beginning was used so we could individuate and get to know and recognize each personage, which in turn detracts from the dramatic impact. The photography was great but the book gave me a much clearer picture of the ordeal and courage under fire of each man. I am not a director and thus can't know what all was needed to convey what we saw and felt in the book, but it strikes me that the powerful emotional impact was simply overlooked or thought "too patriotic" to appeal to the public, or what is more likely the writer and director chose not bring these things out because of a liberal bias. That is too bad because that is the same outlook that imposes on our military the rules of engagement and ties one hand behind their backs.
Apart from these observations I thought tha the execution of the action was great. In my mind this movie rates five stars because what was done was well done and that the public needs to know the tragic extent of the sacrifice these men are making.l