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Lone Survivor (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  10 January 2014 (USA)
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Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.



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Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. Written by Jose Tinto

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Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sobreviviente  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,857 (USA) (3 January 2014)


$125,069,696 (USA) (4 April 2014)

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Training pictures and footage in the beginning are from the Discovery Channel six part documentary Navy Seals Buds Class 234. See more »


In one scene a common New Mexico diamondback rattlesnake slithers across the ground. Diamondbacks are not native to Afghanistan. See more »


[first lines]
Seal Instructor: [pulling exhausted trainee from the water] Six times three?
Seal Trainee: [groans]
Seal Instructor: Hurry up, Hurry up, Hurry up... Hurry up.
Seal Trainee: Eighteen.
Seal Instructor: Ooh!
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »


Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra
Courtesy of Peter Gabriel Ltd.
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Good, but not great.
24 March 2014 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

I read some reviews about "Lone Survivor" where it was mentioned alongside to a "Saving Private Ryan" - you can throw a rock at me if this comes close to "Saving Private Ryan" which is beyond many moons and seas compared to "Lone Survivor".

"Lone Survivor" is good action movie, with some heroic stuff (they definitely couldn't avoid that...), and i know that it's based on real events, thats why i'm giving it 8, because many of things displayed in picture were sadly true, many, but definitely not all. When someone is being killed in this movie (exept for bad guys from Taliban), it's shown in a similar way as Jim Caviezel aka.Jesus was suffering in "The Passion of the Christ" - only true American heroes die like that, not afghans who are more or less just a meat between bullets and Americans in this movie.

Overall, i liked this action picture, the sound design and sound editing were really top notch (no wonder it got 2 Oscar nominations) - you can hear every detail in the forest, every breaking bone (ye, the fall from cliffs scene was gripping). Actors were just OK, nothing special. The gunfight was terrific at least in the beginning of battle, truly terrific sound design and camera work. Later, well, when bad guys were shooting with RPG's every 2 min to our heroes, and they were suffering real good but still were able to do some heroic stuff, the tension was kinda lost.

Overall, 8/10 for me because of good production values and for that it is based on real events.

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