Peter Bergs Lone Survivor is a true portrayal of Operation Red Wing in which Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his team set out to capture and or kill al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Shahd.
This movie depicts a very realistic account of the horrors of war. It is very graphic and gory and some may find it hard to watch at some points. It is certainly not for squeamish viewers.
Berg – who Hollywood labelled “a joke” after his 2012 flop, Battleship – has proved his place as a great director with this heart-warming movie. Lone Survivor is very well researched down to the gloves and boots the Navy Seals wear. (Berg spent a month embedded with SEAL Team Five in preparation for this movie.)
Mark Wahlberg, who plays Luttrell, deservingly accepted two awards at the Critic’s Choice Awards including ‘Best Actor in an Action Movie’. Wahlberg’s superb performance is highlighted in smaller moments before the mission takes off and when the operation comes to a close.
Lone Survivor can be justly compared to some great war movies such as The Hurt Locker and Saving Private Ryan.
Berg ties the movie together well by respecting the families of the fallen soldiers at the beginning and the end of the film by displaying real life photos of the Navy Seals and their families. These photos were everyday photos of families and they help the audience to relate to these men.
The cinematography, lighting and sound in Lone Survivor are all excellent. The sound in particular was superior and is nominated for two awards in the 2014 Oscars in sound editing and sound mixing.
Lone Survivor is a cut above the rest and is a must see for lovers of powerful, inspiring movies. Bergs dedication and sheer brilliance in directing this movie can be summed up in Shane Patton’s (Alexander Ludwig) line “Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.”