Film Review: Lone Survivor

Action movies are, for my personally, a hit-or-miss film genre. I find that they are either executed very well or very poorly, with no in between area, and therefore are not something I typically gravitate towards when selecting a film to watch.

My boyfriend loves action movies, so when it was his turn to choose a film for us to watch he selected Lone Survivor. I was leery at first, however after watching this film I can say with confidence that it is one of the best action films I have seen to date.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana and depicts the events of the United States Navy SEAL mission titled Operation Red Wings. The mission’s purpose is to locate and execute Ahmad Shah, leader of the Taliban, and takes place in Afghanistan.

In summation, anything that could go wrong for these men on their mission does, and it is based on a true story. Mark Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell, a real-life former SEAL, and the film is based off of the non-fiction text Lone Survivor which was published in 2007.

I found the acting in this film to be realistic and emotional, and I think the selected cast portrayed the men they were representing excellently. Wahlberg, Kitsch, Hirsch and Foster embody their roles as SEAL’s tremendously, and the relationship they have with one another, on and off mission, is genuine and unbreakable.

This true story is tragic and quite honestly unbelievable, therefore I would recommend viewing it. It depicts the harsh reality of the conditions SEAL’s and other military personnel are forced to endure in their efforts to serve and protect their country, and furthermore the emotional bonds they form with one another. It is films like these that remind the general public of the sacrifices made by those who serve and protect us, and I express my deepest thanks and appreciation to these men and women.


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