Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 26, 2013

Movie Review: Lone Survivor

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — I am not exaggerating in any way when I say that I believe everyone should see this film. It is that good and tells that important of a story. 

Based on a true story, the film centers on four Navy SEALS, played by Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch, on a 2005 mission in Afghanistan to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Problems with communication equipment and an unexpected encounter with local goat herders doom the mission. 

One of the great things about this film is the way it portrays the kind of brotherly bond that exists among the SEALS, and likely all of our military men and women. The backdrop of the opening credits showcases some of the harsh training these people go through to become SEALS. This is quickly followed by a look inside one of our bases in Afghanistan and remind us of the reality that these guys are just like everyone else. They have everyday struggles on top of going in to hell to serve their country. 

The courage of our SEALS is wonderfully portrayed by all of these actors. You are quickly drawn in to their fearlessness against all odds and literally fighting to the last man. 

The film is based upon the book written by Marcus Luttrell, whom Wahlberg portrays in the film. Director Peter Berg's ability to tell his story in such a graphic, but overwhelmingly touching manner has been unparalleled in theaters this year. 

I repeat that I believe everyone should see this, with the exception of very young children and those who are easily offended by language and some violence. When this film was over, all I could say was, “Wow.” If you do not appreciate what our military does for us, you will after watching this. Incredibly moving and one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Be sure to catch it when it is widely released.