Lone Survivor – 121 Min, Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language
The true story of Operation Red Wings, a mission tasked to four Navy Seals that went horribly wrong. The objective was to capture or kill Ahmad Shah who was guilty of killing many Marines and commanded a group of soldiers in the Taliban.
Lone Survivor was a passion project that director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock) wanted to make for awhile. He wanted to dedicate it to the men that lost their lives during this mission. The book was written by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson and based it on Marcus’s first hand experience during Operation Red Wings. Mark Wahlberg portrayed Marcus, Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, Savages) was Michael Murphy, Ben Foster (Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma) was Matthew Axelson and Emilie Hirsch (Into the Wild, The Girl Next Door) played Daniel Dietz. Peter Berg did a great job in giving honor to those who passed away. Lone Survivor provides plenty of action and drama that will leave a tear in your eye by the end. I thought I knew the whole story going into it but there were still surprises left that most viewers may not know.
I know the film, for the most part, was accurately portrayed because Marcus Luttrell had a hand in making the film by giving detailed accounts on what happened. I thought all the actors did a good job in their respective roles especially Ben Foster. That guy has a lot of talent and deserves more credit for his work. Berg kept up with the suspense just about through the entire film and once the action started, it didn’t stop. These guys went through hell and it’s hard to believe that this event actually occurred.
We all know that three of these men die and Marcus was the only survivor so I can say this without spoiling anything. If I spoiled it, then I’m sorry but the movie is called Lone Survivor and the trailers mention it as well. Anyways, my only problem with the film was that we didn’t get to know these men well enough. We get to know them a little bit in the beginning but then it goes straight into the mission. If the movie had maybe twenty more minutes of team bonding with each other, it would have made it that much more impactful when they die in the film.
In the end, Lone Survivor is a film checking out. Quick shout out to the band Explosions in the Sky for scoring the film alongside Steve Jablonsky (Transformers Films). Peter Berg did a great job delivering a film to honor these men lives in the hope that their names will always be remembered. Lone Survivor is among the greatest war film in the past decade.
3.5/5 – A Strong Effort