Title: Lone Survivor Director: Peter Berg Year: 2013 Run time: 2hrs 1m
“Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALS on a covert mission to neutralise a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decisions in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.”
3:38 - Well there’s some opening credits to make you feel guilty for sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine. 7:12 - There’s some real highs and lows here, already. Frantic medics, to most soothing sleep. 11:91 - Airfield is a great place to run, kinda flat after all. 14:00 - Marky Mark power point. 20:35 - The noise of Chinooks gets right inside ya. They’re not subtle. 27:51 - Some beautiful landscapes in this. 33:14 - Eek, chewing over the radio. Never fun. 41:15 - Terminate the compromise is fancy words for what they mean. 54:20 - Oof, the tension. 1:01:40 - Oh my god. That was brutal.
I got well past our usual twenty minute cut off with this one but eventually had to hold my hands up and say it was too much. Brutal is the exact right word to describe it. I don’t know whether it’s because I opened those emotional flood gates or not, but I just couldn’t bear to watch the rest of the film unfold. It could also have been because there was clearly only going to be one survivor (the title and the opening sequence made that perfectly obvious), so why would I want to sit and watch how the rest of the guys get picked off. It’s like Final Destination except totally honest, real and terrifying.
It was well-made, incredible really, but too much for me.