Movie Review: Lone Survivor

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Lone Survivor, written and directed by Peter Berg, is based on the 2007 non-fiction book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. The film dramatizes the failed United States Navy Seal Operation “Red Wing”, where a squad of four Seal operatives were tasked with the reconnaissance of Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.

The movie follows the story of Marcus Luttrel, the sole survivor of a military operation gone wrong.  Marcus and three other Seal operatives are discovered while searching for a terrorist leader.  They are surrounded and attacked by Taliban forces.  Of the four-man team, only Marcus survives.  More information of the details can be found here.  (Spoiler Alert!) While the movie does not follow the real-life story completely, most of the film is accurate.

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This movie was amazing.  While the beginning of the film may feel slow for some viewers, it showcases the bonds of the individual Seal members as a family.  The intense fighting/battle scenes are well executed.  I was in shocked during one scene where all four Seal members fell down a cliff side.  The way each of the individual Seal members died was extremely emotional and memorable to me.  Viewers will witness Marcus and his team getting ambushed by RPG’s (rocket propelled grenades), a whole chopper getting blown apart, along with the large group of soldiers on board. The many scenes of shrapnel impalement and burn wounds from explosions are highly detailed. The acting is amazing, and really draws viewers into the story.

This is one of the best military movies since Saving Private Ryan. I recommend watching it for both the intense battle scenes and the individual bravery shown by every Seal member.  On a side note, the real Marcus Luttrell actually had multiple unnamed roles within the movie.  Watch the film and see if you can find him.

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