Flash Movie Review: Lone Survivor

Before the majority of the world became wired, broadcast news provided us with a recap of noteworthy events. We would see the aftermath to a variety of events that spanned from a car accident to an earthquake. Unless there was a personal connection to the story, most of us would not feel an emotional attachment to what was being shown. When broadcasters report about traffic jams on the highways I travel to get to work, it causes a reaction in me, albeit a negative one. I guess I should consider myself lucky that I have not had a personal connection to any traumatic news stories. The only thing I can recall is when I was at friend’s house back in the 70’s; everyone became quiet when there was news about Vietnam. My friend’s older brother was sent over there during the war and the family always listened for a familiar town or place they had heard about from him. When one has a personal reference to the news it has more of an impact. With movies based on true stories, having information being told from one of the real life characters creates an accessible emotional bond to the story. Based on his best selling book, I was acquainted with this story due to seeing news clips of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell discussing his 2005 failed operation in Afghanistan. Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain, Boogie Nights) portrayed Marcus in this biographical film. The rest of the team sent out with Marcus to capture or eliminate a vicious Taliban leader was Michael Murphy, played by Taylor Kitsch (Savages, Friday Night Lights-TV); Danny Dietz, played by Emile Hirsch (Killer Joe, The Girl Next Door) and Matt “Axe” Axelson, played by Ben Foster (The Messenger, Contraband). This action drama was essentially split into 2 stories. The first half of the movie showed the Navy SEALs while stationed on base. The second half was all about the mission and this is where the intensity exploded open. I have seen war films before but the fight scenes in this intense section were bloody real looking and I do mean bloody. Some of them were handled a bit heavy by slowing down the motion. I cannot call this entertaining per se; however, for an action scene it seemed to be one long continuous fight. The acting was good, though I still have an issue with Mark Wahlberg’s acting. I never forget it is Mark playing a character. This story was amazing simply because there was an individual who lived to tell it. Many scenes had violence and blood in them.


3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 13, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. The movie was awesome. I cried for the best part, which was the real footage. The drive, commitment and heart shown by the seals in the beginning of the film was touching. I really liked the movie.

  2. Nice review, and looks like a nice action movie.

  3. i have never been in a movie theater where there was complete silence at the end of the movie.

  4. This is a must see for me. I am a fan of intense violence and gore as long as there is story to go along with it. I know that you and I are different in this respect but I still appreciate reading your reviews. I’m also a fan of Mark Wahlberg having enjoyed most of his movies (Shooter, The Italian Job, The Basketball Diaries) and I’m really looking forward to his being in the next Transformers instead of Shia Labeauf, who I generally find annoying. I’m hoping Mark brings a reboot to the franchise which had a decent premiere but rapidly declined afterward in Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon. Hopefully the studio will also pick up some new writers with a better grasp of the original material and treat it with the respect it deserves.

    • Yes I am aware we differ on our levels of seeing intense violence and gore. And with this opportunity I have to say you have a compelling site; I always enjoy what you post. Now we are in synch regarding Shia, I don’t get the appeal of him. It will be very interesting to see Mark in the role now. BTW, I would love to hear your take on Lone Survivor, looking forward to it. Be well and as always thank you for coming by, I appreciate hearing from you.

      • Theatre of Pain

        I may have already mentioned this but I believe there is a time and place for everything. A good war or horror movie should have graphic scenes of violence. Braveheart and Gladiator are two of my favorite movies. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite television series. I also enjoy other original series such as Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Dexter, Game of Thrones and to a somewhat lesser extent, True Blood. (Anna Paquin was fantastic as Rogue in the X-Men movies but her character of Sookie Stackhouse can be downright painful at times.) I’m also looking foward to the premiere of Black Sails tomorrow night (1/25/14) on Starz.

        As for Shia, I did enjoy him in the movie Eagle Eye. Would it have been better with a different lead? Probably, but it was still worth a watch.

        I also want to add that I generally don’t hate Michael Bay films but Transformers was a train wrecek from the beginning. It should have been about the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons with the Earth’s military getting caught in the middle. But there was that silly Sam Witwicky subplot, with his clumsy mannerisms and awkward behavior anytime Megan Fox made an appearance. (Also not a fan of hers after sitting through Jennifer’s Body. If you haven’t seen it… Don’t! Just stay away.)

        Then the ebonically challenged Transformers sequel was released. I had read somewhere that it was better than the first film but that is a lie. It amped up everything that I didn’t like about the first film and turned what should have been an intense action Sci-Fi into a parody of itself..

        By the time Dark of the Moon rolled around, I had given up hope. I only watched it because it was being played on television, HBO or one of the other premium channels. I had previously recorded it as I do most of my television viewing and found myself fast forwarding over every Shia scene. By the end of the movie, I didn’t really know what it was about and really didn’t care.

        And thanks for reading and the kudos on my blog. I still think there is a movie in there in a movie in my life story somewhere. Stay tuned because there is a lot more to come.

      • Theatre of Pain

        Just watched Lone Suvivor over the weekend and it surpassed my expectations being even better than I thought it would be. As a man, I’m sure you can relate to watching someone getting kicked in the nuts and even if you can’t feel the actual impact, you still feel that cringe that makes you thankful that it wasn’t you. During the fight scene, it was a nonstop cringe for me, watching the bullets hit on impact, the rolls, tumbles and slams down the mountainside. It doesn’t happen very often but I sat there watching and vocalizing my pain at the sound of each crunch. By the time it was over, I felt beat up and bruised just from watching it unfold. Excellent movie even if you aren’t a big fan of Wahlberg. πŸ˜‰

  5. Excellent movie, yet sad knowing the truth behind it all. I think the closing clips do a good job of restoring the balance between the on-screen violence (many enjoy) and the reality of the tragic loss it results in outside of the comfort of our Cinema.

  6. happy New year, sir… πŸ™‚ ~ san

  7. I watched this film after reading your review. It’s great propaganda for the government and military but, it’s a top notch action film – never ending fire-fight to escape an inescapable hell-hole. Marky Mark delivered.

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