Friday, February 7, 2014

The Lone Survivor, Hollywood English film movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2

English film review
Johnson Thomas
A Scorching Experience
     

Film:The Lone Survivor
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig
Director: peter Berg
Rating: *  *  * ½

      

This film is based on a true experience, one unexpectedly pits an elite bunch of US Navy Seals ( on a sensitive mission into the Afghan mountains) against a fierce army of Taliban fighters. It’s 2005, the war in Afghanistan is well underway and the fforts to flush out Taliban leaders is peaking. One such intelligence lead sends the Seals to remote hide-out in the Hindu Kush mountains of Kunar province. It’s code-named Operation Red-Wings and eventually pans out to be brutally bloody with the US side losing almost all of it’s team save for one lone survivor.
   

“Lone Survivor,”  is closely based on a memoir by Marcus Luttrell (played by Mr. Wahlberg), is a combat movie . Adapted from the eyewitness narrative of  the now-retired Navy SEAL  this is a dramatic reconstruction of the ill-fated and  is perhaps the most grueling and sustained American combat movie since “Black Hawk Down,” Fundamental deficiencies in script and characterization notwithstanding, Berg;s style of telling the story is blunt, grim and hurtful. So what we see and experience is visceral and heroic.

     
Excellent sound work (by mixer David Brownlow),fearsome stunt coordination by Kevin Scott, special-effects makeup work by Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger combine excellently to make the experience doubly flinch-worthy. It’s an engrossing and immensely involving experience!

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