‘Lone Survivor’ brings audience behind enemy lines

Alex Danko, A&E Columnist

In the beginning of “Lone Survivor,” director Peter Berg takes you through a stint of boot camp to show just a little piece of all the rigorous mental and physical challenges that a Navy Seal must endure before graduating.

These tests that a Navy Seal must undergo really push that the only one who makes you give up is yourself, which is a theme pressed very hard throughout the movie.

These tests at boot camp really set the tone for the rest of the movie and show just how serious these missions and the men that are executing them really are. The movie opens on the main characters of Marcus Luttrell, Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz, and Matthew “Axe” Axelson.

These four men are shown not only as officers working together but as friends and brothers in the Navy Seals.

The movie will follow these men on their mission to capturing and killing notorious Al Qaeda Leader Ahmad Shahd.

These four Navy Seals, who thought they were coming in to face and defeat only a small faction of men, are grossly outnumbered.

When they are discovered, they are hunted through the woods as they stand their ground and try to contact help. These men endure an ungodly amount of injuries including countless gunshot wounds, to deep lacerations from the jagged rocks, to broken bones that would make anyone watching cringe at the sight of them.

There is one scene in particular where Marcus Luttrell pushes his femur bone back into his leg and continues to stumble down the mountain that really drives home the fact that these men do not give up and continue on with their mission or die trying.

As for the filming and casting of the movie, I think that it was all excellent. In the shootouts in the woods there was no confusion of where or who was shooting nor did it just solely concentrate on the main characters.

The cutting from scene to scene flows and really keeps the audience on the edge of their seat the entire time. As for the casting, Mark Wahlberg did an amazing job portraying Marcus Luttrell and showing all of the emotion that the character suffered during his fight to just get home.

The supporting actors Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster also did a fantastic job playing men of honor who supported each other and were more than willing to die for each other.

Overall, this movie impressed me and really brings an even greater respect to anyone serving his/her country.

Although this is just a movie, it should make all of those who see it feel that much more proud of all branches of the military for putting their lives on the line for us and enduring more pain and mental anguish than anyone should ever have to.

I highly recommend this to absolutely everyone as a must see, but, be warned, at times it may be hard to watch.

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