Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Mark Wahlberg leads this true war story as Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of the failed 2005 mission ‘Operation Red Wings’ in Afghanistan. From Peter Berg, director of The Kingdom, co-starring Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana.

Based on Luttrell’s non-fiction book of the same name, Lone Survivor details the mission of his 20-member SEAL Team who were sent to capture or kill Ahmad Shahd, a notorious Taliban leader in Afghanistan's Kunar province. While infiltrating the region, the team encounter a shepherd boy and hold him at gunpoint, forced to decide whether to execute him for the sake of the mission or to take a risk and let him go. Choosing the latter, the team are soon confronted by over one hundred Taliban warriors.

2013Rating: MA15+, Strong bloody violence and coarse language121 minsUSA
ActionDramaTrue Story & BiographyWar
Director:
Peter Berg ('Battleship', 'Hancock', The Kingdom', 'Friday Night Lights')
Writer:
Peter Berg
Cast:
Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschAlexander LudwigEmile HirschBen FosterEric BanaJerry Ferrara

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Lone Survivor / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Actor-turned-director Peter Berg (he was great in Wes Craven's Shocker!) has a knack for infusing jingo-istic military gung-ho storytelling with a relatively grounded sense of camaraderie and brotherhood. That ability is tested to its limit in this adaptation of former US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's memoir about a violent incident in Afghanistan in 2005. If you smarted at the patriotic fervour in Berg's last film, the underrated (seriously!) Battleship, you'll have similar mountains to climb here.

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Variety

Variety

A scorching, often unbearably brutal account.

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Total Film

Total Film

The direction pummels and the cast impress, yet Berg’s war movie promises more than it delivers.

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Time Out

Time Out

There's moral complexity and a climax in an Afghan village which is tense and surprisingly moving.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A modest, competent, effective movie, concerned above all with doing the job of explaining how the job was done.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Replete with a certain kind of self-importance and self-forgiveness... has a distinctively martyred America-at-bay feel.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An intense look at 19 American deaths and one survival in a vividly re-created chapter of the fighting in Afghanistan.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A severe portrait of fortitude under extreme pressure, somewhat marred by blinkered politics.

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