Lone Survivor, American Movie (2013)

Choices. In your life you will make quite a few of them. Most of these will be very small. For instance will I take the salad today, or am I going for the hamburger? But there are also choices that will have a lot more impact. A decision that you will look at from every angle in order to see what impact it might have on your life. If you are like me, hopefully those choices how ever hard they might be, will not involve life or death situations. Unfortunately though, there are also people in this world that come face to face with these kind of things on pretty much a daily basis. The movie Lone Survivor deals with the consequences of just such a life or death choice.

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Some people take Call of Duty just way too seriously.

Lone Survivor is based on a true story. A group of American soldiers is tasked with the capture or kill of the high profile Taliban leader Ahmed Shah. This man is responsible for the killing of a number of American soldiers, as well as local villagers that were aiding the American forces. A four man SEAL team including teamleader Michael Murphy is inserted in the region where Ahmed is supposed to reside. When the group is beginning to near their target, an old man and two children accidentally stumble across the soldiers. From this point on the SEALs are faced with a terrible choice: they either let them go and risk discovery, or kill them and make sure the mission can be accomplished. With the group divided on what to do, time is running out and with every second that passes they are in more danger. The ultimate decision lies with Michael, but whatever he finally chooses to do, it will be a choice that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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The things you find in Christmas trees these days.

The strength of this film is definitely the story. Really, ask yourself the same question, what would you do when faced with a situation like this? Even if you make the choice that might be the morally correct one, it may end up costing you your life, and the lives of your team mates. It is a really terrible dilemma, and one that is presented in terrific way in this film. A movie like this could fall into the trap of becoming a commercial for the American warmachine, but it thankfully avoids doing that. It shows both sides of the conflict, without passing judgement on what is right or wrong. The fact that this movie is based on a true story, makes it only more powerful and realistic.

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Sometimes you just want to take a break from it all.

The cast that was assembled for this movie does an awesome job. We have Mark Wahlberg, who plays the role of Marcus Luttrell, the soldier that feels the strongest about not killing the old man and children. Wahlberg is no stranger to action roles, and this movie certainly has plenty of action sequences, but he can also act. And that he certainly did in this movie, a role I found to be one of his best to date. Actor Ben Foster, who seems to have a different look for every movie he appears in, portrays the role of Matthew Axelson. Now Matthew has the exact opposite opinion of the situation, that Marcus has. This allows for a couple of great verbal exchanges between the two characters, and those serve as some of the best scenes from the movie. The two other team mates are played by Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch, both of whom also do an excellent job. But it is both Wahlberg and Foster that really carry this movie.

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Okay…now you have made me mad: I’m calling Optimus Prime.

This review would not be complete without the mention of the incredible action sequences that are featured in this movie. There is a gunfight scene that I found to be one of the best that I have ever seen put to film. I kid you not. The stuntwork that is carried out in this movie often had me wondering how on Earth they managed to achieve it without people getting hurt or killed. It is really impressive, and only makes the movie even better than it already is. But it is ultimately the story that makes this film so good. When the endcredits finally roll, it will remain in your mind, and have you thinking about the morality of certain things. Lone Survivor is an excellent movie and one I highly recommend for actionlovers that also enjoy watching a well written storyline.

I give Lone Survivor a 9 out of 10 score.

 

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20 thoughts on “Lone Survivor, American Movie (2013)”

  1. Choices are hard to make, especially in this film. I don’t know what to choose if I’m in his position. Either way, the consequences are not good. Even choosing which book to read is tough for me haha.. I decided on a different book last night and then bring a different one with me to work today hahaha… Though this movie is a true story about the war and involving Taliban leader.. it’s really recent and fresh from memory.. I guess it’s also tough to watch.. since war is still happening now. Great review as always!

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    1. Thank you very much 😊 This movie was absolutely amazing, and the choice involved truly tough. But it was done in an incredible way. As for making choices on reading. I usually read two books these days, since I have trouble deciding too lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. Haha…nope that is always a problem too. I have an enormous stack of dvd’s I have yet to watch…and it’s almost impossible to choose sometimes. Same with Netflix. So yeah…tough making decisions at times. In the cinema I sometimes go to two movies on the same day. As I said : choosing is hard lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Choices are hard enough without throwing life and death moral dilemmas into the mix but they do make good stories. This really is a strong premise and knowing it’s based on a true story’s making me tempted to go find everything I can on it… πŸ˜›

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    1. Haha, well…I would recommend seeing the movie first lol. But you are right, after the movie finished I went and looked up some information on this one as well, as it really was a very inspiring movie as well. Hope you will get around to watching this one day 😊

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  3. I do love a good moral dilemma, and for it to be an action film on top of that is just an added bonus. Ben Foster is quickly becoming one of my favourite actors these days, 3:10 to Yuma and Hell or High Water made sure of that. All of these factors seem to be the perfect storm for a watch.

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    1. Ben Foster is terrific. I meant what I saud, he is almost unrecognisable in every film he plays in. Every movie has him wearing some other look. Two other movies that you might want to check out with him are Contraband and Pandorum. Both, especially Contraband very good movies 😊 And ocourse this one is very good as well πŸ˜€

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