A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “LONE SURVIVOR” – 8/10

If you like war, battle and hero movies, you won’t want to miss Lone Survivor.

     Based on a true-life experience, the best seller book was written by the protagonist, Marcus Luttrell, who – in 2005 – was a member of Seal Team 10. Their mission was to seek, capture and/or kill a notorious Taliban leader in the remote and mountainous regions of Afghanistan. Things take an unexpected turn as the hunters (Americans) suddenly find themselves on the run, now hunted by an angry group of heavily armed Taliban, fighters. Only one American (Luttrell) barely lived through the deadly onslaught of gunfights, though horribly wounded in the process.

     If you don’t like violence, find a Disney or a romance movie, because this picture has thousands of bullets, grenades and mortar rounds exploding through at least half the picture. And, if you expect all of today’s motion pictures to include sex and sultry females, stay home.  This is one of the few adult pictures I can remember that hasn’t one female with a speaking part. And, as usual, the writers/director took some creative license to embellish the truth, especially at the end, but that’s Hollywood. I won’t reveal more than that in case you intend of seeing the movie.

     This kind of picture is made-to-order for he-man actor, Mark Wahlberg, who does a credible job as the Lone Survivor. I don’t see any Oscars in major categories. It received no nominations in the Golden Globes list.  But it is a good picture…if you like that kind of entertainment.

     One thing it does portray is American servicemen as true heroes. Regardless of our views of the war, American soldiers put their lives on the line to serve their beloved country. This movie brings that to light as good as any.

     I give this an 8 out of 10.

Click here: Lone Survivor (2013) – IMDb

9 Responses to A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “LONE SURVIVOR” – 8/10

  1. Donald January 12, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Marshall,

    I would have given it a 9. It is an excellent view of the kind of environment Navy SEALs and other special ops guys must be prepared to face. What you didn’t mention is that, while we lost three SEALs in this fight, they killed over 100 Taliban in a bitch of a fight in which they were hugely outnumbered.

    The production qualities of the film are outstanding and, for the most part, the actors did their own stunts.

    The American pubic must understand that we send men and women into harms way to fight in battles not of their making. During the Vietnam war the public blamed the military for the war, when the blame belonged to the folks on Pennsylvania Ave in Wash, DC.

    Having said all of this, I must caution folks: if you are faint of heart and don’t like to see graphic violence, don’t go see this movie. It is a powerful drama, but it is not a feel good film.

  2. bob james January 12, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Thank you for the review of “Lone Survivor.” I will definitely see it. I read the book as soon as it came out; read it in one sitting; could not put it down. Definitely one of the most thrilling books I have ever read and very well written. As you mention, it is a true story which makes it even more compelling. These navy SEALS are over the top.

    Would that I were 18 years old again! You would find me at the U.S. Navy recruiting station signing up to become a SEAL. Where else in the world can you learn how to SCUBA dive, jump out of airplanes, learn how to kill bad guys in a variety of colorful ways, blow things up, master and use various sophisticated weapons and armament, be provided with the finest state-of-the-art equipment for training and special ops, associate and train with some of the brightest, toughest, greatest guys in the world, and be well paid for it, all courtesy of the American taxpayer. For once, the taxpayers really get their money’s worth with the navy SEAL program.

    I don’t know if the movie mentions it, but Marcus Luttrell has a twin brother who was also a navy SEAL although they served at somewhat different times. The Luttrell twin brothers are from Texas, stand about 6’3″, weigh around 220 pounds and both are as tough as nails. When they’ve got your back, you are well covered.

  3. E. Gaylon McCollough January 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    I saw the movie yesterday. It left me speechless … and so proud to be an American.

  4. Author Lee January 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    The event, not the movie, sparked a lot of debate in my circle. After a lot of gaming, it boiled down to two options: kill or release.

    Should the SEALS have killed the goat herders?

    Yes, and the mission could have been a success.

    No, well we know consequences of this option.

    Sometimes there are no good options.

  5. Edward A. Hensley January 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Good review Marshall & thanks for the notice of the
    Hollywood extra drama license. I have only seen the trailer but the drama
    license is evident, to this old Viet Nam Navy Flyboy Veteran. Now, I will
    have to see the movie, before I argue with you for a 9. Standby for more.

  6. JKR January 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    I saw Luttrell interviewed on a couple of shows and bought the book. Saw the movie last night. A great book as was the movie, which I’d give a 9.

    The audience applauded at the conclusion. I believe that the applause was not as much for the movie itself, but for the noble and magnificent men who served. Not a lot of dry eyes left the theater.

  7. Leslie V January 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    We saw it today. I would give it a 9. Apart from the movie “War Horse” , I have never seen an entire theatre exiting in silence, such as this. I need a comedy now, haha.

  8. reality January 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    “well-armed Taliban fighters” . Bob Gates was high enough in the CIA hierarchy that he had to sign off on notifying the president that Congress had appropriated $600 million more for arms for the brave Mujihideen, in 1987, writes George Crile on p. 414 of “charlie Wilson’s War”. P.494, tells about what happened after our CIA trained the most skilled warriors to use our GPS satellites to aim Stinger Missiles they provided, at Soviet armoured helicopters. 1000 Stinger missiles, wrote Ken Silverstein in Slate, on 10/3/2001. So when you talk about so many brave Americans in our “real” Military services dying, perhaps because of the unknown consequences of what our “secret” army did in the past, I am very sad. “Triple Cross”, by Peter Lance, is more tragedy,
    as our CIA seems to have brought the Blind Sheik here, and our Pentagon destroyed its own huge data mining project that showed Osama bin Laden’s “dots” in the U.S.
    Our brave soldiers should not have to go in to clean up hornets’ nests’ that have been stirred up by foolish and/or non-thinking policymakers. Pat Tillman was furious about how our “Defense Dept.” exploited Jessica Lynch. I too, am furious, that our soldiers have to die, or be maimed, for reasons totally unrelated to our country’s safety.

  9. JKR January 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Readers should go online and watch CNN’s Jake Trapper’s interview with Marcus Luttrell.

    Trapper asks about the “hopelessness” of the men. Luttrell’s response to Trapper is excellent.