Bill C’s Review – 3.5 out of 5
Lone Survivor is based on the true story of a failed SEAL operation to capture or kill a Taliban leader in Afghanistan in 2005.
This is a very patriotic movie showing incredibly courageous men on a mission where things went wrong. Probably two-thirds of the movie is devoted to the mission and the battle. This is one of the more realistic war battles filmed—not quite up there with Saving Private Ryan, but pretty good. Even though the outcome is clear from the beginning, there is tension throughout. The battle is grittily filmed up and down the tree-lined mountain terrain.
This film has a first-rate cast led by Mark Wahlberg and including Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster. They did spend some time developing the characters, but could have done a bit more in that area.
If you like realistic war movies, this is a movie you should see.