I hate to say it, but most of us don’t become aware of the acts of bravery or the turmoil soldiers must endure on the battlefield unless it’s in a movie on the big screen. We hear stories on the news of Navy SEALs taking out the most wanted man in the world or saving a captain from pirates. We don’t, however, hear about the courageous shootouts these brave soldiers endure unless they’re injured or casualty heading home for burial. Peter Berg’s new film Lone Survivor tells the true story of a small Navy SEAL team that had to make a decision on a mission with no correct outcome.

I’m going to try to stay as spoiler free as I can in this review because I don’t want to ruin Lone Survivor for anyone who’s not familiar with the story. Still, I’m sure by the title of the movie that you can put two and two together as to what happens. Lone Survivor is the true tale of a four man Navy SEAL team whose mission was compromised in Taliban territory in Afghanistan. The ensemble of SEALs are made up of a great quartet of actors led by Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg is joined by Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch. The group conveys a true sense of brotherhood that the SEALs feel for each other and how these guys are machines on the battlefield.

Lone Survivor is not for the faint of heart. Once the compromise takes place, the action and intensity is revved up to eleven on the brutality scale. Director Peter Berg shows how these Navy SEALs are trained to keep going no matter what the circumstances. These soldiers have lost fingers and fellow soldiers and are trained to never stop shooting. Lone Survivor displays how these Navy SEALs are completely rewired and are truly some of the toughest people on the planet. Lone Survivor will make the common man complaining at his cubicle really respect what the men of our military have to deal with on a bad day of work.

Lone Survivor is a tough watch, but it’s a film people of the proper age should see to respect the men who serve our country on the small, but important missions. Be prepared for your heart to pound and break by the time the credits roll. Like I’ve stated many times before, I don’t cry in movies, but Lone Survivor almost made me break that rule. I never thought Peter Berg got the respect he deserved as a director, and with Lone Survivor, I know he will finally receive the credit he deserves.

Overall, I give Lone Survivor 3.5 out of 4 stars.

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