Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana
Plot: Based on the true story of four Navy SEALs sent on a mission in Afghanistan, but the mission is compromised when they stumble upon three mountain herders. They must decide to eliminate the compromise, or release the three prisoners which would then give away their position and place them under fire. They end up choosing the latter which in turn leaves the men to fight for their lives.
Overall: Solid film. Best one I’ve seen since Act of Valor. I kind of feel that Act of Valor was the gateway for this film in the sense that it gave us a “fictionalized” version of what SEALs do (not to diminish the quality of that film, because I loved it as well, especially what it stood for!). But I think Lone Survivor really captures and puts emphasis on the experiences these SEALs encounter. I can’t speak on how closely it sticks to the truth of the story (since I didn’t read the book), but this is an incredible, beautifully tragic film. I haven’t cried during a film since probably Marley & Me, and at the end of this film when they showed photos of the real men that died on this mission was just heart wrenching. The photos where the men are with their wives on their wedding day, or when their child was born was absolutely breathtaking. The only reason I gave it a 9 was because I wanted to know more after Luttrell was rescued. I wanted to see interactions with the world and how he coped afterwards. I wanted the aftermath of experiencing such a tragic encounter: watching your brothers die before you while you are the “lone survivor,” trying to do just that, survive. I love war films (especially ones based on true stories). I think it’s fascinating to see these brave men and women fight for their country, and the things they endure throughout. On a side note, it’s mind blowing how much pain these SEALS can withstand. Great film. Definitely recommend it, even if you don’t care about or like war films.