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Lone Survivor (2013)

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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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Peter Berg

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Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Marcus Luttrell
Taylor Kitsch ... Michael Murphy
Emile Hirsch ... Danny Dietz
Ben Foster ... Matt 'Axe' Axelson
Yousuf Azami ... Shah
Ali Suliman ... Gulab
Eric Bana ... Erik Kristensen
Alexander Ludwig ... Shane Patton
Rich Ting ... James Suh
Dan Bilzerian ... Healy
Jerry Ferrara ... Hasslert
Rick Vargas Rick Vargas ... Crew Chief
Scott Elrod ... QRF SEAL
Gregory Rockwood ... Chinook Pilot #1
Ryan Kay Ryan Kay ... Chinook Pilot #2
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Storyline

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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Based on True Acts of Courage See more »

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Action | Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Pushto | Arabic

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lone Survivor See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,857, 3 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,095,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,802,912
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marcus Luttrell: At about the 12:30 mark of the movie, he's the S.E.A.L. "Frank" or "Frankie" that spills the coffee, and tells the rookie to clean it up. He appears again on the rescue helicopter. He also appears in the Patton "initiation" scene. See more »

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As Marcus falls down the steep hill, he loses his rifle on a ledge far above him. Later, as he is gathering himself, he suddenly has his rifle next to him. See more »

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[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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Written by Sola Akingbola, Wallis Buchanan, Simon Katz, Jay Kay (as Jason Kay), Toby Smith, Derrick McKenzie
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Brutal and realistic, it opens eyes
1 January 2014 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

If there is one thing that this film will accomplish is to make you feel something. I assure you you will not get bored watching it. Now, what you will feel will no doubt be up to you.

For myself, I felt mostly rage against a botched mission in an ineffective war. Raytheon should be annoyed that a movie about a mission failed primarily because of communication issues showed their red flashy brand on the comms equipment.

I wanted the characters to succeed, to survive, but I could not ignore the fact that they were soldiers being there only to kill an enemy commander. Having all Americans die in slow motion while scores of Taliban died instantly and kind of stupidly didn't help with the empathy. Also showing pictures of dead soldiers with their families with a pathetic American remake of Bowie's Heroes singing in the background at the end of the movie just fueled more rage. People in the field try to carry out their mission and survive, while their deaths become political and mediatic material. I didn't enjoy that.

On the other hand, the fights were realistic, the subject based on real events and, outside the pathetism described above, I did not detect a bias towards one side or the other. You will witness two hours of low tech war in all of its horror and stupidity. The actors also play well, although I like Mark Wahlberg in almost everything he does.

The story, while showing the preparation, courage and resilience of four soldiers in enemy territory, also showed other things, like the logistical blunders that lead to stupid deaths, over-reliance on technology that doesn't really work as you expect and how choices have consequences on the ground that are beyond the ability of normal courts to understand, whether looking from the legal or moral angle.

I liked a lot about the movie how it made you think long after it was over. What would have happened if they just killed the herders? What would have happened if they tied them up, went a bit down, risked a sniper shot at the enemy commander, then just ran? What would have happened if the Pashtuni would have ignored the wounded American or would have killed the Taliban scout force when they came to them? How would the mission have gone if the four guys would have known from the get go that they would be completely alone, with no support or hope for extraction?

Overall, a very emotional movie, two hours long, that shows more a general type of heroism than one with a specific purpose. Nicely directed and acted. A bit over dramatic, but then that's to be expected. Worth watching.


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