Lone Survivor
Acting
Directing
Cinematography
Script
Timeless
2.7Overall Score

It has been a while ever since I was somewhat active here. Not really sure if I should attribute it to my laziness or maybe my outdoor activity level and thus the lack of focus on the most important things in the world…WATCHING MOVIES. But to be fair, there is almost nothing worthwhile blogging about in the movies right now…so there, we got our reason. Anyways, to get to the review of today…Before getting on a plane, I typically require a movie which neither exceeds my attention span nor requires too much thinking…I want simple entertainment. What could be better than an action packed survivor drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor “Tim Riggins” Kitsch directed by Michael Mann’s apprentice Peter Berg.

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So what is my rating after 2 hours of watching Call of Duty in a real movie? I was entertained and the flight time went over quicker than it would have gone by otherwise. The qualities of this film are clearly in the way it was shot, Peter Berg captures both the action as well as the landscape beautifully. Also the desperation of the main characters who find themselves in an unsolvable situation is depicted in a convincing way. The main focus of this movie (in my mind) remains on the action-filled sequences which are really top notch. I also enjoyed the score – since it is one of my and apparently Peter Berg’s favorite bands Explosions in the Sky. Their tunes underline the loneliness of the SEAL team in the midst of the Afghan mountains really well. I don’t want to get into the discussion about how deep you can fall and how many rocks, trees and bullets can smash into you before you actually die since this is beyond the point of this movie. Having said that if a movie starts with “Based on a true story” the amount of completely unbelievable achievements by the main character might want to be at least somewhat limited. The other complaint I have is the motive behind the helpers, it just didn’t really sit so perfectly with me – even though the credits do repair that notion a little bit.

I believe that the story made it to the screen to be a story of brotherhood – no matter who your brothers are. This is somewhat believable but if that was the “message” I think it should have gotten more airtime. As I said, the motives of the tribe (both good and bad) are not exploited that well. That in the end makes this movie just another action movie – which however is an above average piece of film. Maybe Peter Berg had “higher” motives shooting this movie to honor the troops who are protecting the United States in an endless and ugly war. Not being American, I still have a problem with the extreme admiration behind for the work of Navy Seals, so I leave it at the following: this is was an entertaining, beautifully shot action movie with a great score and very well executed action sequences. Not a must-see but worth watching if you have nothing better to do.

The Good

  • Beautifully shot action sequences
  • Fantastic score by Explosions in the Sky
  • Good chemistry between the actor and overall good acting

The Bad

  • Little too “Murrica” at some points
  • Not sure if all this is “based on a true story”
Info

 

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  • Running time: 121 min
  • Genre: Action, Biopic
  • Year: 2013

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