Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Marcus Luttrell was the only member of his team to survive.
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Berg struggles to turn his admiration for the soldiers' struggle into something more than just a visceral physical experience. Lone Survivor is a solid American combat film outside of the historical context, but it's hard to separate the drum-beating from the quality acting and immersive cinematography.
One of the better films surrounding the American perspective on the war(s) in the Middle East, by far. It is as harrowing as you'd expect, but not without its moments of vulnerability. Watching men on the brink of annihilation, pushed to their physical and emotional limits - it's an intense experience, and the performances sold it. The cinematography is beautiful and raw, a very suitable choice.
The opening and closing montages, which set real life pictures of soldiers to Peter Gabriel singing David Bowie's "Heroes," set the tone for strenuously earnest film to come, which has all the subtlety and depth of one of those Nickelback National Guard commercials. But despite its hokey sentimentalism, Berg delivers some striking images, and the battle sequences are well crafted.
Excise the flag-waving training montage and a few other painfully jingoistic moments, and you've got a crisply-shot, rousing and memorably-acted war film; one (mostly) attuned to the nuances of the conflict and patient with its characters. To the extent the film explores the Afghan villagers who saved and defended Luttrell, and the Pashtun code, it is fascinating.
Lone Survivor is utterly successful at showcasing the horrors of war. Not even in horror movies have I seen characters this relentlessly brutalized; the difference is these characters never stop fighting back. It's expertly made and extremely depressing.
Music and opening closing sunset scenery was breath taking. Not actually what i was expecting so enjoyed it a lot more than i thought i would. A story that should be told and more people should be aware of than they are. Of course hollywood like to play on the heart strings but if you look past this at the end you see a genuine and successful portrayal of brotherhood and the length they go to for their own troops.
It's heartbreaking and jaw-dropping enough to disturb us and make us sympathize with Navy Seals, as most Hollywood movies are designed to do, but it fulfills its purpose with enough heart and intensity into the futility of war. Mark Wahlberg delivers with his masculine performance, different from what other roles, but it's worth watching him go at it with his rage, fear, and sorrow.