Anyone who can finish seal training is of a caliber of person that many can only wish to achieve. More people will wash out than the one's who graduate. These are the men and women who will be put in conditions that require a certain finesse. They will be in a situation where they are usually out numbered. They will have to overcome odds that most couldn't even begin to think about. These are the people that the United States Military rely on to do the dirty work, and they love it.
Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) is a member of Seal Team 10 stationed in Afghanistan. In June 2005 four members of this team will go on a mission to kill Ahmad Shah (Yousef Azami). The other members of this group will be Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster).
They are dropped off in the hills to look for Shah and almost immediately they are in trouble. Murphy allows some shepherds to pass without killing them and soon after they are surrounded by Taliban. The men do everything they can to kill the enemy and get out alive but the only one to survive the attack is Luttrell. He will be shot several times and is able to take out some of the enemy.
He will spend the night in the hills and will be awoken by a a group of Pushton Villagers, led by a man named Gulab (Ali Suliman). Luttrell will be taken back to the village but there is much arguing between members of the village of him staying. You see the Taliban have already come to the village once before to kill a man for helping the Americans. They cut his head off to show others what will happen to anyone helping the enemy.
"Operation Red Wings" was a failure as a mission. The goal was not achieved but what it does show is that we the Americans do have people who are willing to risk their lives for us.
Director Peter Berg has brought us a true heart breaking story that will make you want to yell and scream. You become part of the movie especially if you ever were in the military. These men and women of our Seal Teams are the unsung heroes who most of the time you don't even know their name let alone what they have done. Semper Fi.