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Lone Survivor

Action . Drama . Thriller . War . Biography

Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wing." Four members of SEAL Team 10, were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah. Only one member of the team survived.

Actors: Mark Wahlberg , Taylor Kitsch , Emile Hirsch , Ben Foster , Yousuf Azami , Ali Suliman , Eric Bana , Alexander Ludwig , Rich Ting , Dan Bilzerian
Directors: Peter Berg
Country: USA
Release: 2014-01-10
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  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Berg immerses us so completely into the horror of these men’s situation that we are gripped throughout. The fighting is incredibly intense.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    All four performances are first-rate, and the action is staged with shattering intensity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Berg, who wrote and directed, is more interested in how men deal with battle than the ideals or the politics that put them there. What the movie achieves, with a gruesome energy and a remarkable reality, is a firefight.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Most war films try to be epic in scope and intent. Lone Survivor opts for a smaller focus and succeeds on its own terms.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The middle 40 minutes of Lone Survivor have to be some of the toughest battle scenes in Hollywood history - an epic, close-range firefight that finds the SEALs throwing themselves down rock faces like superheroes. Only they aren't superheroes - they bleed, they break.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Lone Survivor is primarily about the unflinching bravery of SEALs executing their mission and looking out for one another, even as they’re coming to grips with the reality of how this thing is going to end.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The surprisingly thoughtful third act both introduces complexity to its portrayal of the Afghan people, and subtly reminds us that, despite Luttrell's astonishing constitution and self-surgery skills, as well as the ultimate sacrifices made by his comrades in arms, it was all for naught.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Like the best war movies, Lone Survivor laces action with moral questions that haunt and provoke.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Wahlberg remains one of our most reliable and least actorly of movie stars, innately macho but vulnerable enough to seem like a human being caught in an inhuman situation.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Conveying a visceral sense of warfare's terror is what Berg chiefly seeks, and on that level Lone Survivor handily succeeds.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Berg is relentlessly unsparing.

    NPR Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Survivor is a pummeling, frenzied ride, one of fall's most charged action films. The gunfights and rocket-propelled grenades are palpable, and Berg manages to make the chaos followable.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    Together, all four cast members help draw a line across the narrative—separating when we were watching a mildly engaging depiction of names, dates, and locations, and a hellish, immersive situation with no easy outcome in sight.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Lone Survivor has no politics in the sense that it presents a more or less factual story about Luttrell and his comrades trying to fight their way out against overwhelming odds, and tells the truth that most of them didn’t make it. But the visual symbolism and the iconography of this movie are not apolitical or ideologically neutral at all. Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Lone Survivor’s lack of suspense never works against it. If anything, the fact that the outcome is, at least roughly, known in advance only adds to the film’s sickening tension, the atmosphere of preordained doom through which its characters seem to move.

    Slate Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It is a modest, competent, effective movie, concerned above all with doing the job of explaining how the job was done.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The film is rugged, skilled, relentless, determined, narrow-minded and focused, everything that a soldier must be when his life is on the line.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Berg’s blunt, pummeling style offers few nuances and makes no apologies, but his broad brushstrokes have clearly found an ideal canvas in this grimly heroic rendering of hell on earth.

    Variety Full Review
  • William Goss

    Ultimately seems at war with itself, torn between its duties as an entertaining, engaging movie and a somber, sincere memorial, and in splitting the difference, the film effectively assaults its audience almost as aggressively as its subjects. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Not much depth or political examination here. The film works best as a survivalist’s manual.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Lone Survivor is a somber celebration of courage and endurance that manages to steer clear of jingoism and moral judgments.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Berg has made a powerful film and an important reminder of what really happens when we send men and women off to war. It's just too bad that subtlety isn't a stronger weapon in his arsenal.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    For all his directorial shortcomings, Berg has a knack for capturing men at work; his depiction of special-ops maneuvering—of silently casing the enemy base, of planning the attack—is as compelling as the chaotic violence he orchestrates later.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    This is a contemporary war-is-hell account in which hell burns so intensely that it scorches the firewalls of the mundane world around it. But it doesn’t burn them down.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The actors are excellent, as are the bruising re-creations of the firefight and the uncountable injuries sustained.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The characters are only superficially sketched in, but we still fear for them, understand their code and above all else, appreciate the dirty, bloody, high-risk work these professionals do. That they go through all this and risk everything, by choice, is something Berg, to his credit, never lets us forget.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    The direction pummels and the cast impress, yet Berg’s war movie promises more than it delivers. Memories of Battleship are sunk, but that Oscar buzz may be a bit premature.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ashley Clark

    Neither an anti-war tract nor a jingoistic rallying cry, the brutal but humane Lone Survivor instead registers as a howl of despair for so many young men and women lost in war.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • James Dyer

    A severe portrait of fortitude under extreme pressure, somewhat marred by blinkered politics.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    While Lone Survivor is presented as a piece of hero-focused entertainment, it is a suitably sobering one in the end, and a film that is bound to stick to the ribs of audiences longer than, say, your average Superman movie.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    You may salute Lone Survivor for its desperate intensity; but the film remains pinned down by its military and political dilemma: between gung-ho and F—, no.

    Time Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Lone Survivor, from start to finish, is a tale of disaster, of bad luck and bad communication, perhaps even faulty planning, though that's hard to say. So the movie loses the common touch of average folk trying to get by, while also losing some of the pleasure of watching a crack unit at work.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Boone

    Lone Survivor burns with the fever of a passion project. Writer-director Peter Berg's gratitude to United States servicemen for all their sacrifice comes through viscerally, from first frame to last. Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Lone Survivor is a grotesque action movie at times impressively directed by Peter Berg that combines the brute masculinity with the ugliness of the battlefield and viscerally unsettling shock value. But it's less a depiction of courage than a brutish magnification of anger and pain, both of which it conveys a lot better than the high ground that it reaches for.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The simplicity of Lone Survivor eventually becomes a handicap, because after a certain point, the film becomes just one long battle sequence, lacking narrative ebb and flow.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    There hasn’t been this bizarre mixture of hooah and death since John Wayne hung up his combat boots.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Crudely written, rife with clichés, and leaves out anything that would transform a piece of propaganda into a work of art akin to Samuel Fuller’s "The Steel Helmet," Brian DePalma’s "Casualties of War," or Steven Spielberg’s "Saving Private Ryan."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Peter Berg’s ultra-bloody battle film “Lone Survivor” is ultimately more grueling than satisfying. It’s more carnage than cinema.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    Like his prior "The Kingdom," Peter Berg's film pretends to dabble in a frothy moral ambiguity, swiftly betraying its true aims with trigger-happy jingoism.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    What’s missing here is something, or rather, someone, to care about.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Lone Survivor just reads like a quasi-political exaggeration of a slasher film: the cellphones that don't work, the rescuers just out of reach, the killers chasing our victims through the woods.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Berg may be adhering to the basic facts, but his movie’s childish machismo is a disgrace to all involved.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Denby

    Lone Survivor will not please people exasperated by an endless war, but it's an achievement nonetheless. [6 Jan. 2014, p. 73]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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