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Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter) leads an all-star cast including Taylor Kitsch (Savages), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), and Eric Bana (Munich) in a movie hailed by critics as “unforgettable, tense, and inspiring.” (Movieline)
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This movie is everything that needs to be said about those who have been down range. This movie is not about glory. This movie is about an idea. For those that have been there, it need not be explained. For those that have not, then this is a good peek.
This movie is not about the flag-waving American. There are no Jerry Bruckheimer moments with flags falling across backlit battlefields. It is not about whooping tail and killing all the badguys in waves of endless, faceless tides. It is not about the big victory or the decisive moment when everything makes sense. It is not about the Navy. It isn't even about the SEALs. It is not about the guns or the artillery brought to bear or the huge firepower or awesome power the US can bring. It is not about some existential crisis of war.
This movie is about brotherhood in war, even when the lines are not so clear.
The movie feel a bit short (probably got "Hollywood-ized?) on depicting the 2 or 3 days of Escape/Evasion Marcus went through ALONE, before the Afghan village elder rescued him. I remember reading that he went face-first into mud that jammed down his throat & he couldn't open his mouth or FIND water for like 36 hours. Also he jury-rigged a radio & made contact with an F-16 pilot overhead, but could not SPEAK, but for the mud jammed in his mouth. He was chased by several stragglers & sniped quite a few during those 2-3 days . . .
They kind of combined the ending/rescue, again probably Hollywood trying to keep the pace up.
Still & all, it was VERY well done!!
Reading the book STILL brings tears to my eyes, when Marcus describes the heroism of ALL his brothers during that firefight.
If the movie doesn't get any waterworks from you (at least on the first viewing), you either missed something, were buried in your tablet or smartphone, or you possibly just might need a "gut-check" to see if your heart is missing.
All the actors were top-notch, you don't realize you're watching a movie.
I'm sorry, but this was a bunch of peasants with AK47s and RPGs taking on the mightiest military the world has ever seen, and while in the end they were running back into the woods, they were not defeated.
Unfortunately, it seems that all this effort that the US is putting into that country will end as it did for the Soviets.
I feel bad for the US or any other foreign soldier on the ground. I do not see how they will ever have the feeling that they won. It seems to me you can only suppress the Taliban at tremendous cost, but you cannot get rid of them.
The battle is not over for our vets when they get home, that's when the battle begings for what is "Veteran's Affairs" going to do with them? It's shameful after some gave and after some gave all that they get home to this indifference.
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