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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost there.
Remarkable representation of an all out firefight between a small contingent of US Navy Seals & a fairly large group of Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

The Seals are sent in, covertly, to capture, or kill, Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. They succeed in finding Shahd and his group of Taliban fighters but something goes very wrong and they are left to fend for...
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3.0 out of 5 stars back to basic training
good film but, how highly trained navy seals can get compromised by a heard of goats wearing bells is a mystery to me. and maybe keeping the phone calls to a minimum might of helped their survival rate, not to mention the endless supply of ammunition
Published 4 months ago by m j bartlett


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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost there., 31 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
Remarkable representation of an all out firefight between a small contingent of US Navy Seals & a fairly large group of Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

The Seals are sent in, covertly, to capture, or kill, Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. They succeed in finding Shahd and his group of Taliban fighters but something goes very wrong and they are left to fend for themselves against insurmountable odds.

Outgunned and with communications down they come under heavy fire from their opponents and the film tells the gripping, and true, story of the battle that ensues.

This film is extremely well put together and the photography is excellent, with all the actors playing their parts very believably. The director uses some 'poetic license' towards the end of the film but throughout the viewer is engaged in an almost 'Apocalypse Now' experience.

Highly recommended.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous film with depth (if you look for it)., 16 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
I'll begin by saying I rate this film as right up with with the very best of grim, realistic modern war movies like Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker.

Pretty much every other positive review talks about the really exciting action sequences, great performances and fab cinematography. All this is true. If like me, you are a fan of Friday Night Lights, you'll find a lot of similarities, as the music is by Explosions In The Sky (as FNL) and Taylor Kitsch and Peter Berg are re-teaming from FNL. The reason I bring a series about a High School Football team into it is that it was a series that felt real - as does this and had much greater depth than you might have expected - as does this.

I think Berg as a writer does a very good job honouring the SEALs but also really does a good job or portraying ordinary Afghans positively - or certainly even handedly. At the end there is some on screen text explaining Afghan guest customs, but I think too, you can read between the lines of the film and see that fundamentally the ordinary Afghan villagers are no friends of the Taliban and are as sick of them and sickened by them as we might be.

It IS a bit gung ho at times, and you do wonder about some of the tactical decisions that were made, but that doesn't and shouldn't detract from what is an exciting and very unusual story, that is tremendously well acted, directed and shot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ONE HELL OF A FILM', 10 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Lone Survivor [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
A small unit of four U.S. Navy Seals 'Marcus Luttrell' (Mark Wahlberg) 'Michael Murphy' (Taylor Kitsch)
'Danny Dietz' (Emile Hirsch) 'Matt Axelson' (Ben Foster) are scheduled to front 'Operation 'Red Wings'
their task to eliminate notorious 'Taliban/ Al Qaeda leader 'Ahmad Shah'
The Commanding Officer at base - 'Erik Kristensen' (Eric Bana')
They have to make their way through dense and rugged Mountain terrain to reach and be in sight of the
Target.....by chance a small group of Goat-Herders happen across the 'Seals' position, this puts the Op'
in jeopardy, decisions have to be made, to continue they would probably have to kill the captives, a young
boy, a possible Taliban Fighter and an elderly Man.
They decide to let their prisoners go and withdraw from the operation, however the eldest of the young men
makes his way speedily to the Mountain village.
The Four are soon faced with a large 'Taliban Fighter' force, a desperate and intense fire-fight soon follows,
the four courageously fight the insurgents, killing many, but seriously outnumbered they each start picking
up injuries from the fierce flow of bullets and bazooka-fire directed at them, though they attempt to back
away the 'Fighters' just keep coming at them.
'Mike' after many attempts manages to get through to base, against standard procedure mission commander
'Erik Kristensen' leads a rescue mission using two troop filled 'Chinook Helicopters' without 'Black Hawk'
cover, the rescue mission fails, the 'Chopper' with the Commander on board is shot down, all are lost.
Only one of the four still lives, a follow up rescue mission fails to locate him, however his story is far from over.
This is an incredibly realistic account of a 'Afghan' mission that is based on a True event.............
This is a truly intense, tense and graphic account which will no doubt have you tied up in knots feeling every
impact of both jumping down a rocky slope, every bullet that connects.
Great performances from the key-artists involved.
A story of valour and battle to survive...............This a must see......
Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features.
* Will of the Warrior.
* Bringing the story to light
* Recreating the fire-fight.
* Learning the basics
* The Fallen Heroes of Operation 'Red Wings'
* The 'Pahtun' code of life
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances, true story., 22 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
Incredibly powerful film. Shows the combined strength of those who defend our counties, and without getting all overly patriotic about it, this film does make you think a lot about those who protect us.

As a side note, i watched an extended feature of this on Youtube. Mark Wahlberg met the parents of the real life character he was playing and he promised them that he would play the part as true to real life as he could. Needless to say the acting was incredibly good, everything felt so real. Not only Mark Wahlberg but the other actors were excellent too.

The storyline itself is based on true events, we all know what this means. It was sometimes hard to believe the scenes depicted could ring true to real life but I suppose we will never know the extend of what really happened. It had exceptional cinematography, and it is a film at the end of the day. I loved it.

There was a dedicated ending to the fallen soldiers complete with their real life pictures. I really liked this, very respectful.

4.5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Never out of the fight", 10 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
Based on a true story from the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson, around the event's of Operation Red Wings in 2005 where 19 US solider's were killed fighting Insurgent forces. Lone Survivor charts the behind enemy lines mission of four US Navy Seals, tasked with eliminating a Taliban leader in a small village in Afghanistan. A mission that end's up backfiring & costing them the highest price imaginable.

Overall Lone Survivor is a captivating & heart pounding insight into the traumatic fight for survival events that unfolded for this group of stranded elite Navy Seals. The first hour of the movie gives us an introduction into the training these men & women undergo to become Navy Seals. The personal lives of these tight knit brothers in arms, the mission briefing & the execution that superbly build's up the tension & suspense of the inevitable gun battle to ensue. The 2nd hour truly delivers, from the moment that highly anticipated first bullet is fired, it's a non stop adrenaline rush of blood drenched close quarters battles through & down the mountains of Afghanistan, with highly charged emotional consequences on levels of excitement, horror & compassion. The only complaint i could knit pick about, is with the some what contrived catalyst at the half way point, but that soon fades from memory.

The acting is all spot on, i can't fault anyone for they're effort. Mark Wahlberg (Shooter) as Corpsman Marcus Luttrell, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) as Lieutenant Michael "Murph" Murphy, Ben Foster (3.10 To Yuma) as Matt 'Axe' Axelson & Emile Hirsch (Milk ) as Danny Dietz, are all solid as the 4 main Navy Seals & do the men they depict great justice. Co-stars Eric Bana (Star Trek) as Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen. Directed by actor/director Peter Berg (Battleship), who captures the transition of the mission to aplomb, from the calm to the storm, that this re-creation feel's as real & raw as it would be watching the real events unfold. As that emotional lump sits firmly in your throat after the 2 hour journey, the end credit tributes of the fallen solider's was a sobering reminder of the sacrifices made.

In conclusion, Lone Survivor is a harrowing & adrenaline pumping action roller coaster of emotions, with arguably some carer best performances. Contains strong language & graphic violence. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of how a SF operator survives against outstanding odds even after suffering the deaths of his other team members, 1 Feb. 2014
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waynefitz (Kildare, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
Lone Survivor
Director/Writer: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Alexander Ludwig and Eric Bana
Runtime: 2hrs Certificate: 16
Cinema Release: 31st January 2014

Based on US Navy SEAL Markus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead role as Petty Officer 1st Class Markus Luttrell during the faithful mission on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border called ‘Operation Redwing’ in 2005. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader.

After confirming his identity and setting up an OP they were disturbed by local shepherds who they had to set free. This led to the SEALs trying to out-run an enemy force of 150+ who were in close pursuit through the mountains of Afghanistan resulting in the deaths of three members of SEAL Team 10.

Lone Survivor is a true story of how a Special Forces operator survives against outstanding odds even after suffering the deaths of his other team members, Axe (Foster), Dietz (Hirsch) and team leader and best friend Lt Mike Murphy (Kitsch).

Although the film doesn’t stand up to how PO 1st Class Luttrell survived behind enemy lines injured and dehydrated for four days and the action and realties of war portrayed in the book. I do understand that film production was aimed at producing a two hour action movie, and as a standalone movie it is action packed and truly enjoyable and I’m pleased that Markus’s story receives a wider audience as a true warrior should.

As reviewed in the February 2014 issue of An Cosantóir (The Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald - dfmagazine.ie - military.ie
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moderation is for cowards...., 16 May 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Marcus Luttrell, and his team of Navy S.E.A.L's set out on a mission to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.

After running into mountain Shepherds and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned.

Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives on the mountains, with communications down, and a seemingly endless adversary....

Here in the UK, this vanished without a trace at the Box Office, and Bergs film are either hit and miss, and plus Wahlberg's last film was the poisonous Pain and Gain, so I wasn't really too bothered about seeing it.

But then again, one should realise that a bad movie shouldn't taint your future viewing, and I'm glad it hasn't tainted mine, because this is a really good movie, with great performances from the four leads.

To say the film is intense is an understatement, as half hour into the film, the ambush happens, and it literally doesn't give up until the final credits roll.

Berg proves again, he can expertly film an extended set piece, and every fall and wound the four incur, is wince inducing and brutal, in some parts of the film, I was literally holding on to my chair for dear life.

My only gripes with the film are the title. If you've never heard of the story, it's a bit of a spoiler in itself, and some of the deaths are a bit Willem Dafoe in Platoon.

The final act is breathtaking and very touching, proving that stereotypes are rife in the world.

A really good movie all in all. The narrative is tight, and the film is executed almost perfectly. Just very, very tense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENTER THE GRINDER - ONE OF THE BEST WAR MOVIES., 25 Jan. 2015
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2013 Universal Studios US Blu-Ray
(obtained at Wal-Mart, extras may vary from regular retail version)

Director: Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig

Production: US 2013

SYNOPSIS

Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his team of Navy SEALs are sent on a mission in Afghanistan, Operation "Red Wings", to capture or kill taliban leader and war criminal Ahmad Shah.
When they are detected by a group of goat herders (no pun intended), the mission is jeopardized and Luttrell must make a difficult decision: uphold the code of conduct and risk his own life and the lives of his team members or become a war criminal himself.
His decision has consequences...

THE PROS & CONS

LONE SURVIVOR is based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's nonfiction book of the same name.
It was mostly overlooked at the Academy Awards, being nominated only for two minor catagories, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, winning neither.
It fared better at the box office, grossing a total of $149.3 million on a budget of $40 million.
The film opens with an montage of the tough training the Navy SEALs undergo. The stars of the film underwent some training themselves to prepare for their physically demanding roles.
Several veterans have actually stated how realistic this movie is, calling at as probably the most realistic war movie ever made, also in regards to the depiction of wounds.
What LONE SURVIVOR also does is show that the average common Afghan civilians are also being brutalized and killed by the taliban terrorists and are no friends of them - with a few exceptions.
The film was shot entirely in New Mexico, U.S.A., and the landscape is just mindblowingly fantastic. Overall the cinematography by Tobias Schliessler is just wonderful, looking even greater in high definition.
Peter Berg did a fantastic directing job, delivering by far his best film here. I like the way that the movie starts, building up the story and the characters - real characters, not the stereotypical GI Joes - instead of dumping them in the Hindu Kush region in the first 2 minutes.
The actors did a fantastic job as well, preparing for the role and then believably portraying their characters. I am not a fan of Mark Wahlberg at all, but he definitely nailed the role of Luttrell, delivering the best performance of his career.
LONE SURVIVOR is one of the best war movies ever made, ranking equally with BLACK HAWK DOWN, and surpassing by far PLATOON and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, not only from a moral point of view, only to be surpassed by AMERICAN SNIPER.
It is that difficult moral decision and knowing and accepting the consequences that makes this film so superior. I know for sure, I would have chosen a very different path if I were in his shoes.
It's men like Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle that should be celebrated as super heroes, not dressed up Marvel clowns.
Highly recommended, definitely one of the best films of 2013.

ON A SIDE NOTE

- the real life fire fight Marcus Luttrell and his company were engaged in with the Taliban lasted five days instead of the three days depicted in the film

- actual military veterans were used in the film as well, including two cameos of the real Marcus Luttrell

- stars Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg and director Berg worked at a discount for the mandatory Directors Guild minimum salary of $17,000 a week

- Mark Wahlberg has said in many interviews that Lone Survivor is the movie he is most proud of

- the tumbling and falling scenes were filmed on location without CGI enhancement

BLU-RAY DETAILS

Feature running time: 121:16 mins. (uncut)
MPAA Rating: R (strong bloody war violence and pervasive language)
BBFC Rating: 15 (strong bloody violence and strong language)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1, DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
Subtitles: English HoH, Spanish
Extras: Will of the Warrior (28:05), Bringing the Story to Light (4:44), Recreating the Firefight (10:27), Learning the Basics (6:02), The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings (4:00) (3:40) (3:48), The Pashtun Code of Life (4:07), Previews (Trailers to other releases), DVD on seperate Disc, Digital HD copy, Blu-Ray online features.
Region: Region Free

Picture quality: 5/5
Audio quality: 5/5
Extras: 2/5

This Blu-Ray presents LONE SURVIVOR in state of the art picture and audio quality. It looks magnificent as if you could jump right into the picture. The smallest details and textures are brilliantly captured as are the facial details which seem incredibly lifelike. The (English) DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is just as impressive, especially during the action scenes.
Less impressive is the amount of extras, roughly one hour of featurettes and interviews, but no commentary. We just expect more from a film in this day and age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 17 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
I'm not going to say much about the story, it's already been said here ad infinitum.
One point though, just a small one; the four man team of the film was not sent in to kill or capture the bad guy themselves. Their job was to confirm, or otherwise, that the target was present then the main force were to arrive to finish the job.

Nearly everything from the book is here, and a few scenes have been changed a little. The needs of fitting a story into a movie dictates such things. The night that Luttrell spends alone is omitted, along with the shootings of that night. The time he spends being sheltered outside of the village by the villagers is missing too. Also, his face-to-face with the target is changed completely for the film, along with a few other minor points. This does not detract from the dramatic events at all, though. The action is very tense, and quite accurate to tactics employed in real life. The stunts are just incredible, and almost knock the wind out of you. Oof!

On BluRay the extras amount to one hour and ten minutes. While this may not sound much nowadays, all the extras are well worth watching and there seems to have been no fleshing out the minutes just to make it more attractive to buyers. There is even an explanation of the code of Pashtunwalai (more precisely Lokhay Warkawal), which is a good touch sadly lacking in other films of this genre.

In summary, beautifully filmed and executed, even though I got so involved watching it, the two hours was up in no time at all. I only give it 4/5 as another half hour would easily have been possible with the events described above.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camaraderie and portrayal of commitment to your friends, 25 April 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
The film may be called Lone Survivor, however, it has not fallen victim to being a film that just idolises Mark Wahlberg. All four of the SEALs are portrayed as being tough, determined and heroic in their own right. This in turn brings me on to the most striking element that the film has to offer, the SEALs camaraderie. Never before have I seen a film that illustrates how a group of men are so willing to give up their lives for each other. They put aside typical patriotic ideals (that are seen too often films of this genre), and focus more on their unbreakable friendship. To cynics of the military, this element restores faith in soldiers' humanity; they are a little bit more than just "killing machines", they are also a band of brothers.
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