Lone Survivor is an intense recreation of the events of the Navy SEAL Operation Red Wings. In terms of movie quality, it’s a little above average war movies between the script and acting. However, the fact that it’s heavily based on a true story makes it stand out more than its movie merit alone. Personally, I became excited to see this movie after hearing Marcus Luttrell, the real-life “lone survivor,” speak at a recent fundraising event. I’m also in the process of reading his book. Based on the account that I heard from Marcus, the layout and timing of the fight was a bit different in real life, and the wounds sustained by the SEALs were far worse than depicted in the movie. What’s most impressive about SEALs – what sets them apart – is their mental toughness. Despite being under fire, getting shot multiple times, and falling down a mountain, those SEALs kept fighting until they were killed. They never forgot their mission or their team or their training. This is a mentality that I would like to emulate in my own life. Perhaps the most incredible aspect of this story, though, is the hospitality of the Afghan villagers who sheltered Marcus. It is a surprising and refreshing perspective on Afghanis when most of the stories we hear in the west are negative. I have nothing but respect for Mohammad Gulab Khan and for all of the servicemen who took part in this operation.
For another SEAL account, see my review of American Sniper.