When you know you are seeing a war movie called Lone Survivor you can be pretty sure how it will end. Perhaps what you won’t know is how visually real and graphic the story will be as it unfolds.
Lone Survivor is based on a true story, which for me at least, always makes a story more compelling.
A team of four US Navy SEALS are on a covert mission in Afghanistan to neutralise a high ranking Taliban Commander. While laying in wait, the operation is compromised by civilian goat herders that stumble upon their position.
A moral dilemma unfolds as the SEALS argue the case as to whether they should “terminate the compromise”, operation speak meaning to kill the civilians or release them and “roll the dice”.
Decision made and the civilians are released. It’s not long before the team is engaged in a ferocious gunfight, heavily outnumbered in treacherous terrain with little communication or the possibility of aerial support. They would need to fight their way out and rely on each other to do so.
The action is graphic, realistic, in your face, full on.
Much of the fighting is filmed at close quarters, you are there in the fight, feeling the fear, grabbing breath when you can and anticipating where the next attack is coming from.
Great attention to detail was spent in the making of the movie to achieve an accurate portrayal with the actors receiving rigorous training by Navy SEALS.
As a war film it’s not all about the fighting, good versus evil. The characters are multidimensional not only with their dedication to each other but also the often unseen side of the soldiers as real people with their own lives and families.
It’s a film that doesn’t celebrate a military success. Rather it is to honour the memory of the lives lost, their courage, endurance and ability to push themselves further so they were never out of the fight.
Lone Survivor is in cinemas February 20, 2014. Visit Event Cinemas Maroochydore for session times.