Lone Survivor

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A true account of military courage and survival, Lone Survivor wields enough visceral power to mitigate its heavy-handed jingoism.



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LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on Friday, December 27, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10, 2014. (c) Universal Pictures


Ben Foster
as Matt Axelson
Mark Wahlberg
as Marcus Luttrell
Emile Hirsch
as Danny Dietz
Taylor Kitsch
as Mike Murphy
Eric Bana
as Erik Kristensen
Alexander Ludwig
as Shane Patton
Rich Ting
as James Suh
Jerry Ferrara
as Hasslert
Rick Vargas
as Crew Chief
Scott Elrod
as QRF Seal
Gregory Rockwood
as Chinook Pilot No. 1
Ryan Kay
as Chinook Pilot No. 2
Patrick Griffin
as Chinook Co-Pilot
Josh Berry
as Communication SEAL
Eric Steinig
as SEAL Lieutenant
David Shepard
as CJSOTF Commander
Justin Tade
as CJSOTF Marine
Sterling Jones
as Bagram Comms Guy
Jason Riggins
as 50 Cal Gunner
Matthew Page
as Army Intel Guy
Danny Arroyo
as Teenage Goat Boy
Zarin Rahimi
as Goat Man
Rohan Chand
as Gulab's Young Son
Anthony McKenzie
as TOC Sr. Air Officer
Brian Call
Peter Bici
as Communication SEAL Perry
Henry Penzi
as Villager
Robert Loerke
as Captain Jacoby
Kurt Carlson
as Captain Lovas
Daniel Fulcoly
as Lt. Andrews
Robert Doudell
as Village Elder
Jim Cusic
as PJ No. 2
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  • Apr 22, 2017
    Lone Survivor's pulse-pounding combat and emotional grips make for a dramatic portrayal of brothers in arms. Mark Wahlberg and the rest of his comrades, along with a striking direction from Peter Berg, do a just treatment that compliment the courageous individuals in uniform and those who contributed in their fight for survival. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2016
    What's starting out like a Special Forced recruitment video soon follows the well known paths of war survival films. That's decently acted and filmed, especially during the action scenes, but remains thematically undecided between hurray-patriotism and portraying the ugliness of violence. The film ends up being fair towards Muslims and pays tribute to the souls lost in the actual case, you gotta appreciate that. But the result remains overall unsatisfying on all accounts.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2015
    It's not just a terrible film, it's an insult to the men who died on this mission.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2014
    I didn't find this film particularly moving or powerful, other than in knowing from the title credits that it's based on actual events. Undoubtedly the soldiers on which the film was based were true heroes, but there was not much humanity or likability portrayed by the actors in this film. (This is surprising for me given that Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster star in the film!) The film was technically strong, but I didn't come away with the Jingoistic enthusiasm I would have expected from a film like this.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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