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on 5 June 2016
This is basically a standard, well made and well acted Hollywood shoot 'em up that's "based" on a true story so is not always completely accurate. The US Army helped out with equipment, namely planes and helicopters, and would not of helped if this tackled political issues like WHY were in Afghanistan. As an example, Independence Day wanted to use military hardware but the army refused because the film mentioned Area 51. Just in case you don't know why were in Afghanistan - its the estimated 3 trillion dollars worth of oil in the Caspian Basin. There needs to be a pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Its no surprise that the US bases there roughly follow the pipeline route. Anyway, none of this is even hinted at in the film. Having said that, the film is well acted, fast paced and enjoyable. If you want entertainment that wont tax your brain then you'll enjoy it. But if you looking for any kind of political analysis or education then you wont get it here.
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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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on 28 June 2014
Although this has a dose of poetic license and the Taliban seem to be cannon fodder I did feel the sense of realism. Great action and a super faction docudrama.

If you liked HURT LOCKER or BLACK HAWK DOWN this is for you!
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on 18 July 2016
Surprised how high the ratings are for this film. Yes the action scenes are terrific but as a story (albeit true'ish) there is nothing here that has not been seen before. Can 4 men, heavily outnumbered by Taliban soldiers, really survive the confrontation as depicted here? Why is it when an American SEAL gets shot multiple times he survives to fight on yet on shot taken by Taliban is fatal. No, do not buy it. Would like to hear the Taliban side to this combat (probably a lot of hide and seek went on). As for the title, Lone Survivor...talk about spoiler alert! I know it is based on the book of the same title but the film producers could have and should have changed the title.
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on 27 March 2015
On June 28, 2005, a covert Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan went terribly wrong and resulted in the loss of 19 American troops. Thanks to his valiant comrades, the remarkable kindness of strangers and his own courage, only one SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, made it out of the ferocious firefight alive. A new film,"Lone Survivor," stars Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, depicts this heroic and tragic tale.
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on 15 June 2014
This film is brutal, gritty and real. You literally feel like you're a Navy SEAL amongst the team in the middle of the firefight. It's filled with bone crunching special effects and fast paced realistic action along with beautiful scenery, a very moving soundtrack and is brilliantly acted by Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana. Based on a true story, this film shows the incredible courage of four Navy SEAL's who are faced with a tough decision, with extreme consiquences once their mission is compromised. The bravery and honour of the Afghan villagers and the sacrifice they were willing to make to uphold their 2000 year old code, should never be forgotten.
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on 26 January 2014
Many have already summarized the factual background/context of "Lone Survivor" (2013 release; 121 min.), so let me just a couple of comments.

First and foremost, this is one intense war movie, and most definitely not one for the faint of heart. I had to look away on a number of occasions simply because I couldn't bear it at that particular moment. Second, the movie as depicted here takes an artistic license and differs on a number of points from what REALLY took place (for example: Luttrell never went into cardiac arrest; the Taliban never attacked the local village in retribution for helping Luttrell, etc.). Third, I realize that the movie is based on Luttrell's memoir which is titled "Lone Survivor" but why oh why would you title the movie by giving away the final outcome? Fourth, there is an outstanding soundtrack featured in the movie, from the indie-band Explosions In the Sky. I've had the good fortune of seeing these guys on a number of occasions, including at Coachella and Lollapalooza. Check them out live if you get the chance, you will be amazed. Last but certainly not least, in 2013 a documentary called "Murph the Protector" was released (available here on Amazon), detailing the life of Michael Murphy, one of the 4 Navy SEALS who are the subject of "Lone Survivor". I happen to think that "Lone Survivor" is a much better tribute to Murph (and all of the other servicemen taking part in Operation Red Wings), but you may want to check it for yourself and draw your own conclusion.

This movie has now been playing in theaters for a month now, yet when I went to see it last night (a Friday evening), the theater was absolutely PACKED. This movie truly has resonated with audiences in a major way. Not only is the movie itself outstanding, but you add to that the apparent still unmet desire of large segments of the American public to better understand what all took place during the war in Afghanistan (and Iraq) and the true heroism from service men like Luttrell, Murphy and others, and you have a major box office success on your hands, and rightly so. Bottom line: "Lone Survivor" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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on 7 May 2016
Excellent. Gritty. Read the book afterwards then watched the film again and enjoyed more as I had more background info from reading the book. The detail in the book about SEAL training is relevant to a non service person like me ( female 45-55) to explain how it was possible for the team to behave as they did , wounded and fighting on. The film appeared true to the book regarding the battle in general but missed out some background info which was very interesting . The film appears realistic and is believable.
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on 20 October 2015
Packaging okay, would have liked a bit of bubble wrap in the cardboard case to look after the DvD, since the DvD case was not cracked through delivery Im happy with my order. No stupid massive sticker prices on the case and bar code to ruin the Blu-ray case, this is WHY i ordered it.
Graphic gore shootouts and stunts throughout, these actors did the Navy seals proud based on a true event mission. the film does not glorify war, its just an insight of what Navy Seals go through, i was abit misty eyed at the end...
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on 29 November 2014
From start to finish, this gripping war film recounts the tragic story of Operation Red Wings. The realism of the firefights, scenery and the military detail all stand out.

Peter Berg nails this one brilliantly, recalling the story as it happened without the Hollywood glorification, as he promised he would to the parents of Danny Dietz.

For any fan of war films, or anyone with an interest in the Middle East conflicts, this film as an absolute must.
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