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The key word here is: pulse-pounding. That’s the essence of Peter Berg’s entire film Lone Survivor. From start to finish, this movie takes you on a ride of courage. To tell you the truth, I have never been a huge fan of war films, but it doesn’t mean I won’t watch them. Because of this, Lone Survivor wasn’t necessarily on my list of movies to see in theaters. One of my friends suggested we go see it, and I agreed why not? I’d heard nothing but good news about it. The film found a great cast in Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana; all of whom gave top-notch performances. When all was said and done, it is a film I’m glad I took the opportunity to see.
Lone Survivor is based on the true story of Marcus Luttrell (Wahlberg) and his team of Navy SEALS (Kitsch, Hirsch, Foster), whose mission is to take out Ahmad Shah, an infamous al Qaeda leader. After things go awry when the team runs into a group of goat herders in the mountains of Afghanistan, they capture the herders but agree to follow their orders and free them. After alerting the village run by Shah, Marcus and his team must fight for their lives in an epic, gruesome battle while desperately awaiting back-up. Together as brothers, the SEALs must show courage and strength by defending each other with the odds against them.
Director Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Battleship) was able to take this true story, told in Luttrell’s memoir Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwings and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10, and capture the importance of its personal encounters. This film will have you rooting for its lead characters, even though their fates are inevitable (not a spoiler, this time the film’s title literally gives it away).
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Reel Rating: 8/10
Written by Josh Sazin on January 24th, 2014