"THE LONE SURVIVOR" from Universal expands wide on Jan. 10, 2014.
STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.
DIRECTOR: Peter Berg ("The Rundown", "Friday Night Lights", "Battleship")
SYNOPSIS: This is the true story of the failed 2005 mission ("Operation Red Wings") for which four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to kill or capture notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Marcus Luttrell was the only team member to survive.
This movie, like any movie based on a true story, has to be approached very carefully. One can't allow oneself to get too close to any of the characters because they won't survive. Like "Titanic". Like it or not, the ship is going to sink. Like it or not, only Wahlberg's character survives. For better or worse, it will always be that way.
Still, the story is engrossing enough that it will merit repeated viewings. Mark Wahlberg has become a solid fixture in excellent movies. He is almost instantly likable even if he's the bad guy. Movies like "The Big Hit", "Shooter", "Invincible", "Planet of the Apes" and "The Lovely Bones" have established his level of talent and devotion to his craft. He spent time with the author of the book in order to get it right and, according to Luttrell himself, Wahlberg got it very right.
Director Peter Berg embedded himself with a real Navy SEAL team, the first civilian to do so. His devotion to detail makes the combat scenes far too real. We are able to experience war as intensely as Spielberg portrayed it in "Saving Private Ryan".
NOTICE: This movie is not for the faint of heart. The combat sequences are very intense and are unsuitable for movie fans younger than 14.