Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster
Directed by: Peter Berg
Written By: Peter Berg
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 1 min
While I heartily recommend this movie, do keep in mind – Lone Survivor is still, a movie, and does what it should; tell a story, have a point, and entertain. I haven’t read the book the film is based on, but I did do some research and I wasn’t at all surprised to find the movie takes some big liberties with the actual events as they really happened. The main points of the story are intact however. A four man SEAL team are sent to locate a senior Taliban leader. That mission takes a turn for the worst, and the team have to escape. Only one lives to tell the tale (that’s hardly a spoiler – hello! The title of the movie!)
The point, as I understood it, was to pay tribute to the men that lost their lives on this mission, and say a big thank you to the troops who are still over there in Afghanistan. That point is very well made in this film. The opening credits make an immediate impact as they show real life footage of SEAL team training exercises. It’s brutal stuff, and its easy to see why so few qualify to serve at that level. The set up of our four lead men on this mission is nicely handled too. We care for these guys. We get invested in their characters and we root for them, so it’s difficult to watch when they get hurt.
The battle scenes in this film are brutal, and very intense. Blunt and well edited as to accurately communicate to you what these men went through. Sometimes I found it difficult to watch, but I never found the action got to cartoonish. The four leads do great work in this film, especially Mark Walhberg and Ben Foster. So yes, it’s entertains too.
The battle scenes are very intense, and very violent. The injuries these men obtain during the fight are also very well realized. This isn’t your standard action movie. It’s a salute to the men who lost their lives during this mission, and to the troops that still serve overseas. The is rated R due to its very graphic violent content.
As well as being an intense and emotional ride, it also looks and sounds great too. The best experience with this film is to be had at a movie theater. At home, a HD showing on a nice big TV for sure. The movie’s impact will be reduced if you watch this on anything portable.
The performances from Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster really draw you into this film.