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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous film with depth (if you look for it).
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars And Then There Was One
"Lone Survivor" is the story of a SEAL team in Afghanistan who find themselves surrounded by Taliban in hostile country. There are few surprises in the story given the title of the film, and if you've seen any of the trailers. Instead the film focuses on the action, and as this is based on a true story a lot of effort is made to try and make the scenes of combat as...
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25 of 26 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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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost there., 31 Dec 2013
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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37 of 39 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced, fantastically filmed fire-fight, 10 April 2014
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This review is from: Lone Survivor [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Lone Survivor is the story of Operation Red Wings and specifically the Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg - Shooter). A contingent of four Navy Seals are sent to apprehend the Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah who is responsible for the deaths of many U.S. Marines in the area. Dispatched as a four man team, they are dropped high in the mountains of Afghanistan to locate their target, as they proceed further into the hills, they lose their comms signal. The guys are stumbled across by some goatherds and then face a difficult decision of whether to terminate the mission or terminate the innocents who will report them to the Taliban in the area, with no guidance from higher-up due to the comms situation. The team is surrounded by Taliban fighters and badly outnumbered, an intense & protracted firefight ensues that will test the limit of their endurance and their brotherhood to breaking point. Can anyone make it out alive?

Joining Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell are Taylor Kitsch as Lieutenant Michael Murphy; Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz; Ben Foster as Matt `Axe' Axelson and Eric Bana as Erik Kristensen. Whilst the title of the film may betray the ending, it does not mean the journey there is any less intriguing or exciting - the film has an excellent military feel, with attitudes to equipment & discipline being authentic. This actual operation happened as detailed in Marcus Luttrell's book of the same name - although there is a fair bit of poetic license used in the exact composition of the story but it is respectable nonetheless, credit to Peter Berg for the excellent direction. Lone Survivor doesn't try to make swathing critiques of the Afghan war effort; it lauds the heroism of soldiers and glorifies the action of a firefight - it may lack morals or substance but it is one fantastically entertaining experience from beginning to end, really keeping the tempo going for the 121 minute duration.

Extra Content: There is a digital copy of the film included with this disc - with Ultraviolet codings (UV is a digital locker for your media, you have to register an account and upload your unique product code, but then you can stream it or download it anywhere on the planet on any medium).

Whilst it's not the smartest military movie out there; it's not trying to be, the action and underlying truth to this story will keep you pinned to your seat for the duration. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 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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15 of 16 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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3 of 3 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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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
3.0 out of 5 stars And Then There Was One, 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor (Blu-ray)
"Lone Survivor" is the story of a SEAL team in Afghanistan who find themselves surrounded by Taliban in hostile country. There are few surprises in the story given the title of the film, and if you've seen any of the trailers. Instead the film focuses on the action, and as this is based on a true story a lot of effort is made to try and make the scenes of combat as realistic as possible. If you don't like watching violent films about modern warfare you probably want to give this one a miss.

You also might want to avoid this film if you have any questions about the politics and what exactly the US are trying to achieve in Afghanistan. This film is very gung-ho, pro-US military to the extent of reminding me of the army sponsored "The Green Berets" with Mark Walhberg in the place of John Wayne. If you are actually losing a war you can always re-fight it on the big screen.

Thats probably a little unfair though as "Lone Surivivor" is very well acted. Despite a lack of any memorable dialogue the emotions of the soldiers are well portrayed by all the actors involved. Regardless of the politics you have to admire the bravery of these men.

I did question though how easily the professionalism, that is stressed right from the start, seemed to dissapear once the fighting starts. This could be partly to do with dramatic licence and an attempt to make things look better on the big screen but the SEAL's seem to get surrounded very easily - perhaps because they are all sitting clustered together with no one on watch? They then resort to hurling themselves head first down steep slopes where any normal person would probably break their neck. Fortunately they seem to be able to be hit multiple times (despite any visible body armour) where as the Taliban drop like flies after one shot.

If you accept that its not quite as realistic as it makes out you can still sit back and enjoy the well choreographed action scenes. At the end though you are once again brought back to reality with pictures of SEAL's killed in action which are shown over the closing credits. No disrespect to the dead but its quite possible that they did not all go out fighting like the characters in the film but died scared and alone like most people in war. This movie tries to send across the old "war is hell" message but doesn't really do so convincingly.

Despite these criticisms though I found this to be quite an enjoyable movie with virtually none stop action. It may only appeal to a limited audience but the action scenes are well directed and its intentions are to remind us of the sacrifice made by soldiers everyday. I would not say this was a classic war movie but its not a bad one either.
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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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