Directed By: Peter Berg
Directed By: Peter Berg
Staring: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana
LONE SURVIVOR, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this is a story of heroism, courage and survival.
As the title of the film states, this is really a tale of the lone survivor. Watching this heart wrenching film, you're truly hopeful that maybe, just maybe, the story will have a different ending. I was! It sadly does not and even though you know only one man makes it out alive, you're no less hurt by the loss of each.
The movie starts out with some interesting moments taken from real Navy SEAL bootcamp footage. I had a GI Jane flashback for a second (Suck my dic@!), but after that passed I was watching first hand what these men, and hopefully soon women, have to go through. It's rigorous and physically demanding. Many wash out, but those that push through find themselves in an elite group of bad asses.
The story moves along to show free time before they deploy for a hush-hush mission in Afghanistan. Some rowdy banter, male posturing and crap talking snark take place, while also giving a glimpse into their personal lives back home. I would have liked a bit more time in this area of the film. More chances to know the faces that this film revolves around. However, all to soon the action kicks in.
Once it does, it's game over.
The amount of hits these guys took was staggering. Not just the stunt doubles in the film, but thinking about the real life men. I stub my toe and I want to ball my eyes out. These guys got injured many, many times, and kept going. Good to go sir! Just walk it off. Phhft, not me. I would call time out, wave the white flag and get the hell out of dodge. But, this is why (among many reasons) a Navy SEAL I am not.
Major kudos to the stunt team that took this one on. Being thrown off a cliff, rolling down a hill over and over, hitting rock after rock, then trees! My word, it was so gnarly! It almost seems unreal, but truth is in the story and I was trapped in the moment with them.
Overall, this is one to watch for those that enjoy a drama about real-life heroes. They come in all shapes and sizes, but heroes they are.
Just be prepared for some major gore and nail bitting situations. You've been warned.
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