Monday, January 13, 2014

Movie Review: Lone Survivor "The NAVY SEALs bloodiest battle of the War in Afghanistan"

Synopsis: Lone Survivor is based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings” in which four members of SEAL team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill the notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. (Caution Spoilers Ahead)

The film opens with a beautiful montage of NAVY SEALS at the start of BUDs training and culminates with the school’s graduation ceremony. The first few minutes of the opening shot really sets the tone of the movie as well as giving the viewer some insight as to what it is like to be a NAVY SEAL. To further this solemn homage, the audience is then shown a collage of pictures for each of the fallen Seals and their families. First Danny Dietz is shown, followed by Matthew Axelson and finally the beloved Michael Murphy 

The viewer is then thrust into the frantic attempt to save the life of SEAL Operator Marcus Lutrell. But before the viewer can assess his fate the scene jumps to the events of 3 days prior. Things seem relatively normal as comrades and brothers in arms tell stories, laugh, discuss their families and dine. One scene that is most comedic is that of a new SEAL that was receiving a hard time from his peers. It was unique in the sense that the audience got a chance to see the human side of these brave men as well as their humor.

The comedic gestures and short past time came to a grinding halt 15 minutes into the film. The team is sent to capture or kill the notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Later they are compromised and 3 of the 4 members are killed. Lone Survivor is a film that is beyond words. The film is a somber memorial to the fallen that also conveys the message of patriotism, hope, love sacrifice and courage.

The film is intense, gripping and powerful. It can be considered the closets thing to experiencing what happened on that mountain in 2005 without having been there personally. This was the worst tragedy in SEAL team history, and the film does a great job of showing it in every harrowing detail. Perhaps the most moving part of the movie is the end of the film ,when the pictures of the real heroes are shown including the main character "Texas Frog" Marcus Luttrell. It was a heart warming tribute to those who lived and died the Navy SEALs creed: "Never out of the fight."