Lone Survivor FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Universal Pictures, Emmett/Furla Films, Envision Entertainment and Film 44 present a 121 minute, R rated, action, biography, drama, directed and written by Peter Berg, book by Marcus Luttrell with a theater release date of January 10, 2014.
The story opens with some live action footage of military training where soldiers are taught to take their pain and turn it into adrenaline in order to survive what could be in a very real scenario. Based on a true story by Marcus Luttrell the story follows the four members of a SEAL team, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matt ‘Axe’ Axelson (Ben Foster) known as “Operation Red Wing” during a failed mission on June 28, 2005 to capture Taliban leader Ahmah Shah hiding out in a remote mountain village in Afghanistan.
Commander Erik Kristensen (Eric Bana) is located at J-Bad Forward Operating Base and in charge of the operation. As the four guys get ready to deploy to the mountainous region of Afghanistan we learn a bit about their personal lives and the potential wedding gift of an Arabian horse to Mike’s fiancée Heather. At 1800 hours the guys leave for their destination to capture or kill Rick James, real name Ahmah Shah, the Taliban leader recognizable by his lack of ear lobes. Once in place in the mountains the men wait for the opportunity to make their move on Shah that is until some goat herders stumble upon the SEAL team leaving them with three options. They could let them go and hike up the mountain to escape the Taliban, tie them up and hike out but the hostages may die in the mountains left alone or terminate them. They know that if CNN or any news got out they killed two kids and an old man it would mean nothing but heartache for the military and themselves. In rules of engagement they cannot touch them and these four men honor the rules.
They know their time is limited since the goat herders make their way down the mountain to the Taliban so the guys try to contact the Operating Base by phone but to no prevail and left on a mountain ridge the Taliban has now discovered their whereabouts. Surrounded by the enemy these four SEAL team brothers are in a fight for survival as this film takes the audience on an intense ride of gunshot wounds, drastic falls from cliffs, explosive rockets blasting their every move as these Frogmen suck it up and fight to survive while protecting each other. In the end after the guys watch as a fallen angel descends from the sky all hope is lost that is until one Afghan man Mohammed Gulab (Ali Suliman) and a young boy who happen to honor the “Pashtunwali” help Marcus in a fight to the finish against the Taliban. A part of Marcus died on that mountain and after you see this film you will forever know why. Never out of the fight, apparently in the hills of Afghanistan or the comfort of one’s own home in the USA these men fight for our safety and for that we are forever thankful.
I never read the book but a military friend of mine known as Erich said it was unbelievable and based on what I just witnessed by the brilliant work of director and writer Berg this film is a true must see by all. It will truly make you understand what these men do to protect us every day whether on friendly or foreign soil. This story will leave you breathless and praying for the safety of these men even though if you’re familiar with the true story you know the outcome. I like all Americans find ourselves wanting the return of our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters as they risk their lives for ours in war. As for the cast I cannot say anything more or less about any of the actors since they were all extremely excellent from beginning to end. Written and appreciated and thankful with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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