Lone Survivor movie review

o-LONE-SURVIVOR-TRAILER-570Marcus Lutrell’s best-selling book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, has been adapted into an amazing film, Lone Survivor, which releases today. The film is about the “Operation Red Wings” mission that failed on June 28, 2005. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with killing or capturing Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.

With Lone Survivor, director/writer Peter Berg veers off his regular style being that this is based on a true story. He is joined by an all-star cast including Mark Wahlberg (Ted), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Ben Foster (Punisher), Emile Hirsch (The Girl Next Door), Eric Bana (Troy, Hulk), and Jerry Ferrara (Entourage).

A few people have joked that the title of the film is kind of a spoiler, but have you heard the old saying about how “it’s not the end, but the journey that counts”? This movie follows that saying, giving you a look inside the psyche and tight-knit group of one of America’s most elite and deadly military groups, the U.S. Navy Seals. We get to see how every step and decision made by both in-field and off-field members of a mission coordinate and react to situations and also the politics behind them. It may not dig as deep into that portion like the book does, but they had to make it friendly to all viewers.


Mark Wahlberg plays Marcus Lutrell, the lead character and sniper who the group seems to go to for advice. This is definitely one of his best performance in any film he has done, and it seems that his professional and personal involvement in this film really was close to his heart.

Taylor Kitsch is hands down one of my favorite actors, even though some of his films haven’t done too well, but his portrayal of Michael Murphy in the film is as close to the book as it gets.

Ben Foster has come along way since his days on Flash Foward and it really shows. Although I wish he did more as Angel, this film really shows he has some of the best acting chops in his age range and will one day win an Oscar if he gets the right role.

Emile Hirsch is a very well known actor who has done more than anyone would have ever thought possible at such a young age, and again he does not fail to let you down with his acting abilities.

Eric Bana seems to have mastered the role down of a military leader who actually cares about his unit (see Black Hawk Down and Troy). I don’t think anyone ever doubts his abilities, but his role in this really surprised me since I wasn’t aware he was part of the film.

Jerry Ferrara has really stepped out of his shell being primarily known for his role as Turtle in the hit show Entourage. He had a great performance in Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man as well as others, but his job in this film is one of the important ones, being that he is following orders even if he doesn’t like or agree with them.

Overall this film is making my list of favorite military-based films due to its story, action, and realism. What I think made this film even more powerful is that these things in the film actually happened, making you feel more involved and empathetic. It also reminds us what our soldiers sacrifice so that we have the freedom to do regular mundane daily duties. I would highly recommend this if you can take this kind of film, since it isn’t for the weak-stomached moviegoers.

Grade: A

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.