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Director keeps families involved in 'Lone Survivor'

1:01 PM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, a U.S. Navy SEALS mission to capture reconnaissance of Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.

The movie follows the four-man SEAL crew who got caught in Afghanistan and caught in a firefight with hundreds of Taliban soldiers.

Only one soldier survived the engagement.

Director Peter Berg said he wanted to keep the families involved in the process.

Berg and his partners flew across the United States to meet with the families and get them involved.

"We wanted their approval, we wanted their support," Berg said.

Complicating the effort was how the movie should showcase the deaths of the three SEALS.

"We knew we were going to showcase their sons dying, we were going to show that. Finding the right tone and way to do that was tricky, but I think we found the right balance," Berg said.

The movie has received mostly successful reviews, and comparisons to other well-known war movies.

Berg says the hardest part was seeing the families' reactions.

"Sitting in the screening room with those families for the first time was the most intense experience I've had in my career. When those lights came up and I had to look Mr. and Mrs. Dietz in the eyes I felt very emotional and I felt from the looks in both of their eyes that they felt we had done a good job of capturing their son."

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