Few movies nowadays can tell a true story without going completely over the top or deviating from the facts. This movie, however, is an exception to that rule. Lone Survivor is based on a book with the same title, written by Marcus Luttrell, who ultimately is the lone survivor in this harrowing story of four Navy SEALs, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), Matt Axelson (Ben Foster) and Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), and their fight for survival during Operation Red Wings in 2005.
The mission starts out seemingly normal, but tension is high as you know that with this title, something is about to go terribly wrong. The objective of the mission: find Taliban leader Ahmed Shah. Once the mission is underway, it doesn’t take long to get to the enormous moral dilemma that these men face.
While in the mountains of Afghanistan, the SEAL team stumbles upon some local goat herders. Faced with this problem, the four men discuss what the best course of action will be. Should we tie them up? Get rid of them for good? Let them go and risk being found by the Taliban? These are the questions that are asked, and ultimately, the group decides to let them go.
The group is soon surrounded by a very large number of Taliban, and with their communications equipment failing them; they very quickly are fighting for their lives. As the title not so subtly hints, the story ends with only one survivor, in what would amount to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.
Rather than go over the top with unrealistic violence or glorified deaths, Lone Survivor gives us a respectful, brutally realistic, yet emotionally charged look into what these men went through during that fateful mission in Afghanistan.
From the opening scenes of real-life footage from SEAL training, all the way down to the credits, Lone Survivor will grip you like not many movies can, and will leaving you thinking about more than most movies ever will. With very little to fault this movie for, I give it four out of five stars.