Howdy again ladies and gents, after checking out Mr. Peabody & Sherman, I went to watch Lone Survivor, a film I wasn’t planning to watch but was convinced otherwise thanks to Liamdoesfilm review. So how did it fare? Read on and find out.
In terms of the plot it is based on the 2007 nonfiction book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Set during the War in Afghanistan, the film dramatizes the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings, in which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.
While it is based on a true story and has some aspects fictionalized, for me it was an incredible look at the insane situations that take place during war. These soldiers go on a mission, things go wrong, they are alone, blind and faced with some difficult scenarios that have serious consequences. The film was literally an endurance test against impossible odds, these soldiers go through hell and have to deal with everything going from bad to worst in just a short space of time. It is dramatic and hard-hitting, had some nice moments of humour too (especially one Jamiroquai dance sequence that reminded me of a comedy film from 2004) and I really invested myself emotionally and loved the characters and how realistic the film felt.
Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell is incredible, I’ve been a fan of Wahlberg since 2007 and ever since then I’ve seen him grow and become a much more developed actor and in this film I think this is his best performance. Marcus is tough, courageous, a tireless soldier and great friend to his teammates, he goes through so much stuff and has to make some tough decisions and Wahlberg acts with great conviction and realism. Oh and well done to Taylor Kitsch as Lieutenant Michael P. “Murph” Murphy, my god, THE DUDE CAN ACT! Now I’ve given Kitsch a hard time for his involvement in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, John Carter and Battleship, but in this film he’s so much more likeable character who is cool, fearless and valiant and I can take him seriously. I believed him in the role, he was really good and so convincing.
Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz is also very good, his character had to deal with a lot of stuff and Hirsch acted very well and its weird to think that Hirsch was the same guy in Speed Racer back in 2008. Also Ben Foster was awesome as Matthew “Axe” Axelson, he was tough but bloody resilient and had some really epic moments. And Eric Bana as Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen was good too as he had a great screen presence and being a person in a commanding role is nice.
Even though the film isn’t primarily action based, when it does hit it hits hard and gun fights and explosions are insane. It is filmed really well and there are some crazy sequences that are done so well. Also I don’t normally flinch or squirm at violence but the way it was displayed and shot along with the audio quality made it feel so real and every hit counted. The score Explosions in the Sky and Steve Jablonsky is quite good and uplifting at a good few moments in the film.
So to conclude Lone Survivor was a bloody good film and was WAY better than I could have imagined. The story, characters, spectacle and use of archive footage makes for an emotional piece of work. I don’t usually like/care for films to do with war but this was the best I’ve seen in years, one I may want to own. I recommend it highly.
Rating: 8.5 (Best war film I’ve seen for a while)
So what did you think of Lone Survivor? Have you seen it or are you going to watch it? Whatever your thoughts be sure to let me know in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀