This harrowing tale of "Operation Red Wings" and SEAL Team 10 is one of the most tense, visceral and emotionally disturbing films of 2013.
Some might view Lone Survivor as slanted pro-war, pro-American propaganda, but in my opinion this was a multi-faceted modern military presentation built upon the human dynamic and the defining factors that can drastically effect the outcome in an already dire situation. If anything, Lone Survivor is not for the faint of heart. This movie will have you hiding your eyes, turning your head, and teetering on the edge of your seat while you're given a first hand look inside the violent and sometimes heartbreaking life of a Navy SEAL.
Lone Survivor is an experience, not just a typical run of the mill action flick. The perfectly paced and hyper realistic action sequences give you a virtual sense of what it would be like to be involved in an anti-terrorist expedition and the possible awful outcome when it all goes south.
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The only gripe with Lone Survivor is its main star. Although Mark Wahlberg has the name recognition to carry a hit action movie, he falters in this role. He's not believable at all. He starts out strong but ends up falling back on old habits. By the half way mark, the stressed out, whispering Mark Wahlberg is back in full effect, dragging down the realism of his character, making Luttrell seem flat, dull and uninspired. With shades of Shooter and Contraband, it was too similar to everything he's done before. What could have finally turned Wahlberg into a verifiable dramatic star, ends up treading along through old familiar territory that we've seen him in time and time again. The lead role should have gone to Taylor Kitsch, who ends up being the best of this ensemble cast.
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one more time......"
-Review by Chris George