Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Movie Review: Lone Survivor
SPOILER ALERT: Although this is based on a true story (or, according to the poster, 'based on true acts of courage'), I am going to go into more detail than 'only one person lives' in this review. Consider yourself warned.
It was based on the true story told by officer Marcus Luttrell (as played by my husband, Mark Wahlberg) about a mission in Afghanistan to apprehend a Taliban leader. While scoping out the village where the man is located, they are made by two boys and an old man who are herding goats. F-cking goats!
The four officers debate their choices. They can A) kill them, B) tied them to a tree, C) let them go. They decide that A is a bad option because they will find two dead kids and an old man and it will get shown on CNN and they will end up in jail. B was no good because they would also die of either animal mauling or cold. So they go with option C. They let them go and run for higher ground to radio in for support.
Again, as you can probably tell by the title, they probably should have just went with plan A and ended it right there, but they didn't. If they had, we wouldn't have gotten to see Mark Wahlberg run around the screen all bloody and bashed up for 2 hours.
And despite the fact that all of the soldiers had beards (gross) there was a lot of hot action on the screen. We all love Taylor Kitsch (and if you don't, get your life together - the man is a fox and Canadian) and Emile Hirsch was looking fiiiiiine as usual. The other guy was Ben Foster. I mean, he's not ugly, but in no way in a league with Hirsch, Kitsch and Wahlberg. Poor guy.
A third of the movie is the four guys trying to get away from the Taliban army (like seriously, someone needs to provide me with a death count because it seemed like hundreds of bad guys died). They get picked off one-by-one until the last man standing is miraculously saved by an Afghan man and his son who clean him up and protect him.
After they bring him to their village, he sends this 100 year old man across the country by foot to deliver a sentenced scribbled on a piece of paper to an American army base. That entire last sentence was a slight exaggeration, but seriously - the man was old and friggin WALKED to the base. I can't believe he made it there before he died.
The Taliban figures out that Luttrell is there and tries to kill him twice. The second time the Taliban goes to war on the town and they are saved in the knick of time when the American's arrive in helicopters and shoot everyone. (Literally everyone - I would like to know how many of the townies survived that air raid). They get Marcus and take him back to the base.
If you didn't already guess based on the name and the fact that Mark Wahlberg's face is the only one on the movie poster and that he is NARRATING the movie - yes, he is the one that lives. And like HELL I would ever watch a 'based on a true story' movie again where there is a chance he might die. I am still scarred for life because of The Perfect Storm.
I definitely liked the movie. A tad bit too gory for my liking, but that is a personal preference - and God gave us hands that know to cover our faces when it's just too much. I completely appreciated the end of the movie and the town that protected the soldier. I find the American slant in movies about the middle east rarely paints a picture of anything but people who hate Americans. This was refreshing, and great that it was actually true.
So now that you know everything that happens - you should go see Mark Wahlberg not die.
Verdict: 4.0 Stars