Lone Survivor (15)

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Action and adventure

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Time Out says

Tue Jan 28

Based on the book of the same name by ex-soldier Marcus Luttrell (played here by Mark Wahlberg), ‘Lone Survivor’ recalls a failed 2005 mission in Afghanistan, when four US Navy Seals were tasked with finding a head Taliban honcho. After some pedestrian scene-setting, ‘Lone Survivor’ hits its stride as the mission begins. Whatever the moral implications of presenting extreme physical destruction as entertainment, few films can lay claim to such a sustained, technically impressive rendering of the consequences of combat on the human body. Its most bracing scene, bolstered by appallingly realistic stunt work and effects, sees the Seals tumble down a seemingly endless hill.

‘Lone Survivor’ isn’t always sophisticated. Some of the dialogue is unbearably cheesy, while the use of real-life footage is manipulative. But there’s moral complexity as the Seals clash on ethical grounds, and a climax in an Afghan village which is tense and surprisingly moving. 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. Ashley Clark

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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jan 31, 2014

Duration:

121 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Peter Berg

Screenwriter:

Peter Berg

Cast:

Emile Hirsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch

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An unconvincing start and finish sandwich an impressive middle section "in the field".

Joanna Louise Churchill

LONE SURVIVOR Mark Whalberg Not being particularly in to war films i found myself genuinely on the edge of my seat. I was gripped. I was drawn in to the characters, their normal selves, whilst serving a purpose in such an abnormal circumstance. The juxtaposition of choosing wallpaper and wedding presents for back home in the introduction of the film, against being shot and digging out bomb schrapnel after being attacked by the Taliban was intensely moving, emotional and thought provoking. And being a "based on a true story" film i went away quiet moved. Great action, Great story, and Mark Wahlberg never makes a bad film. Loved it x

Joanna Louise Churchill

LONE SURVIVOR Mark Whalberg Not being particularly in to war films i found myself genuinely on the edge of my seat. I was gripped. I was drawn in to the characters, their normal selves, whilst serving a purpose in such an abnormal circumstance. The juxtaposition of choosing wallpaper and wedding presents for back home in the introduction of the film, against being shot and digging out bomb schrapnel after being attacked by the Taliban was intensely moving, emotional and thought provoking. And being a "based on a true story" film i went away quiet moved. Great action, Great story, and Mark Wahlberg never makes a bad film. Loved it x