A lot of movie buffs curse Peter Berg for giving us a bad film ‘Battleship’, and I totally agree with them. But, when you get to the bottom of it you will know that he made Battleship just for the money , the money he invested in making Lone Survivor.
Lone Survivor is essentially about four US Navy Seals who get dropped off into the mountains of Afghanistan next to a village in order to take off a target who is connected to Osama Bin Laden. Its about how their mission gets compromised and they decide to run and find their way out of the place to survive the gruesome Taliban terrorists.
The movie starts off a little slow , where we are introduced to the characters, the good thing is it just established the characters and doesn’t go much into the detail. Which was frankly a very good thing, because I wanted to get into the action as soon as possible and I got just that.
For the next 40 minutes we have this gun fight with bullets flying off all round. It gets quite intense , bloody and brutal at a point. You question yourself a lot of times when you see them surviving things which any normal person wouldn’t. But then your mind strikes you about the opening credits and the intense training they had. The next part of film gets a genre changeover and the high-octane action changes into dramatic survival story. The ending might be a problem for some people but it was meant to be that way as its a true story. The voice-over at the end was quite cheesy and felt that it was a major setback in this very good film.
The performances were really good. Taylor Kitsch is better than his previous films, specially the bad one’s he did last year. Ben Foster is slowly turning into one of my favourite actors. Emile Hirsch had a smaller role so can’t complain about him. Mark Wahlberg is the main character. He was good but lately I feel his star aura is taking over the characters he is actually made to play and that is a let down for me.
Final Verdict: Lone Survivor is not a war movie its a truly well made survival movie. For the back-breaking stunts to the high-octane action, the film deserves to be seen on the big screen.