Friday, January 10, 2014
Movie review: Lone Survivor is too harsh a reality to be a Hollywood blockbuster
It's based on a terribly sad, true story.
Lone Survivor is the true story of four U.S. Navy Seals who were ambushed during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. These four soldiers were sent to kill a Taliban leader in the mountains and were discovered in cover by passersby. These four men had a decision to make: Kill an old man and two boys in order to keep their whereabouts secret, or let them go by the “rules of engagement” and risk retaliation.
If I were to sum this movie up in one sentence, I would say that it is all the best parts of Zero Dark Thirty with the good guys losing. You heard me right: Lone Survivor starts out with the mission brief and introducing characters, but not long after, the men are discovered and the critical decision is to be made — kill the innocent kids or let them go and risk death. Everything after this crucial point is both action-packed and depressing. I didn’t feel like there was anything to really cheer for because it was just the same thing over and over. Guns were firing and people were running away. Than occasionally the guys would roll down a steep cliff and get beat up even more by the elements. When it seemed like something good would happen, it fell apart. I know this is all a true story, and it is very sad to me knowing this, but did it need to be made into a Hollywood blockbuster? I mean this is the kind of story I want to read, not watch! Just by reading the title you know only one guy lives, and knowing that also didn’t give me much hope when watching it. I really believe there is one thing this movie needed in order to survive (no pun intended) -- and that is hope! This story was hard to watch knowing what the outcome was going to be. I know you could say the same thing about some other tragedies, but the whole story is these four guys' fight to live, and it falls short.
RATING6/10 stars – A tragic story that should not have been made into a Hollywood entertainment movie. We cheered over Zero Dark Thirty, but here you will cry, cringe and have the hope sucked right out of you.
I would be interested to talk to people from the military on their thoughts on how the Seals were portrayed and how realistic the combat really is. I’m always like that with medical shows/movies (since I’m an ER nurse), so it would be nice to get opinions from people who do this for a living. As far as a movie goes, I can’t recommend it. The production value and the way the story is told is great and will stir up many emotions, but the truth of the matter is I never felt happy, hopeful or like these guys had a chance. It left me saying, “Why am I watching this?” It is not entertainment, it’s a tragedy.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, and Alexander Ludwig.
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