Lone Survivor was one of the most intense films I’ve seen in recent memory. The film is based on a true story of courage, when Marcus Lutrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. The mission began with a smooth start but quickly goes awry once Lutrell’s communication devices lose signal. There begins the ultimate fight for their lives where instinct and experience are all they have to keep them afloat.
This film was directed and co-written by Peter Berg. If you aren’t familiar with him as a director you may remember him as an actor from films like Cop Land, Lions for Lambs, and more notably with Tom Cruise in Collateral. His most recent directorial appearance was the movie Battleship (which I thought was OK but got pretty bad reviews overall). I’ve been hearing questions like “Is Peter Berg the next Martin Scorsese?” I’m not sure about that, but with this film he has a solid movie to support him in the argument. Also working in his favor, is the fact he has experienced actors such as Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana in the film (and both do an excellent job). I can give this a solid 9 out of 10. The film is about 2 hours long and remember, it’s about a military mission (lots of guns and people being shot) as a forewarning for those who may be squeamish about blood or guns.