Director: Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg (Italian Job, The Fighter)
Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Contraband)
Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter)
Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Savages)
Lone Survivor is based on the true story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission, Operation Red Wings, to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces Afghanistan.
The movie starts off light, and somewhat humorous as you get a feel for the characters. Mark Wahlberg and company pick on the new guy, give some funny back and forth for the first 20 minutes. Once the mission is a go, it starts to get dark. While scouting the campground for Ahmed Shah the SEALs are stumbled upon by 3 shepherds. Ultimately they have to make a choice that has no right or wrong answer: kill the unarmed shepherds and finish the mission or let them go and get back to base. Wahlberg and Co. choose to let them go, but the shepherds tell the Taliban of the SEAL team and go to hunt them down.
The movie leaves little to the imagination, but given it is a war movie, of course it is not going to be PG. The brutal and physical nature of the movie is well portrayed through the camera. The camera work is shaky at some points and a little dizzying, but given terrain, the fact the characters fell down 2 rock/boulder/tree filled cliffs, a concussion, broken a leg, just got shot, it gives you a sense of what they were feeling and what they had to go through after their bodies just endured so much pain.
Composer Steve Jablonsky adds great complimentary music to death scenes, making them even more emotional as the characters last thoughts are of their loved ones and gives the characters a more human feel that we all can relate to.
All in all, if you liked Black Hawk Down, We Were Soldiers, or just anything with Mark Wahlberg in it, this movie will not disappoint.
I give it 8 out of 10 Popcorns
Lone Survivor is Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language
Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and in his time only has 2 movies he has never liked. He’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.