Lone Survivor is based on the true story of Operation Red Wings, a summer 2005 operation involving four Navy SEALs whose goal was to capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and three other SEALs are sent to Afghanistan to complete this mission, but find themselves in deep trouble after they are spotted by soldiers in the woods. What follows is one of the most dramatic war stories since the events of 9/11.
What I liked
This movie was very intense and action packed. I thought it did a great job of putting you in the position of the characters and making you feel what they were feeling out in the Afghanistan mountains. As far as I know based on a little research, the main events in the film were pretty accurate, and I thought Mark Wahlberg did a phenomenal job in the movie as Marcus Luttrell. I loved how even when the SEALs were in the worst position possible, they never gave up and never for a moment thought that they weren’t going to win and get out of the situation alive. It was really inspiring to see the brotherhood that these four Navy SEALs had as well. Overall, I think the film did a great job of portraying what it was actually like to be fighting the Taliban in the woods of Afghanistan and some of the challenges they faced, such as bad communication and steep rocky mountains. I think anyone who watches this will have a new-found appreciation for what it means to fight for your country and what it means to be a hero.
What I didn’t like
Many people may not like the gruesome violence that occurred in this film, but I think it made the film more realistic and therefore did not bother me as much. I thought the action scenes in the mountains between the SEALs and Taliban were probably drawn out a little too long, and were somewhat repetitive at some points. It seemed like several times there would be an explosion right next to a guy causing him to get thrown forward, or a guy would get shot in the foot multiple times. One last thing I would have liked to seen at the end is maybe just 5-10 minutes of the aftermath of the situation, including reactions from families and response by the President.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics: 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience: 90%
My Rating: 92/100
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