Niagara Gazette

Night & Day

December 26, 2013

CALLERI: Are you going to the movies this holiday season? Here are six new choices

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Night & Day — Because his dialogue is less than inviting or invigorating, Berg focuses on one firefight that portends doom for the SEALS. Bodies are ripped to shreds by bullets and from rolling down jagged hills. Blood and gore and grotesque sound effects are more important to Berg than telling a story about men under pressure. He also invents things that are ludicrous, and he panders to any bloodlust that might be reverberating throughout the theater.

“Lone Survivor” is about the horrors of battle, but these horrors are elevated to the point where you become distanced from what you’re watching. You want to be told a gripping story, but instead, you’re compelled to watch a missed opportunity.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at moviecolumn@outlook.com.

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