I'm such a huge fan of military movies. A lot of my favorite films deal with war and battles both historical and modern. Movies ranging from War Horse, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and more. It's just a genre that I really find interesting, and enjoy watching. On top of that I'm just a huge fan of the military and the Navy SEALs in general. At one point in my life I almost joined the Navy, specifically to try to be a SEAL. Those guys are freaking badasses! I've met and talked with a few of them in my life, and every one of them was just an amazing person. The stuff they have to go through to become Navy SEALs is insane. If there's one movie that perfectly represents what the Navy SEALs are, and what they stand for, and fight for, it's Lone Survivor.
The movie was directed by Peter Berg, and he did a hell of a job bringing this true story to life. Lone Survivor is the first great movie I've seen in 2014. I know we're still early in the year, but this movie was freakin' amazing! I absolutely loved it, and it's definitely one of the best military movies I think that has ever been made. And I'm not exaggerating! The movie had an incredible story, script, direction, and acting. It was also bold, fast-paced, and powerful.
From the opening title sequence showing actual Navy SEAL training, I was hooked. The movie shows you exactly why these individuals go through the extremely fierce training that they endure before they are accepted into the SEAL team. From there the movie just got better and better, and every minute that went by the more consuming it got.
You really get to know and like the characters in the story. So by the time the shit hits the fan you want these guys to survive! You care what happens to them, you're invested in them, and you want them to win. You already know from the title that only one person from the team survives, but even knowing that, you still want the other guys to make it through the fight, you just hope for it, and it's really sad when we lose these characters one at a time. These characters were perfectly cast, and those actors include Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. They all gave fantastic performances.
This movie seriously has one of the most intense, non-stop battle sequences I think I've ever seen in a film. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time clenching my fists and watching as the action and story unfolded. I couldn't help but cringe at times either. No joke it seriously hurt me to watch some of the stuff that these guys had to go through.
Even though the movie was hard to watch at times due to the intensity, and it was sad, it was still an incredibly awesome movie. You have to watch this movie as soon as you get a chance, it's a story that needs to be told and it's inspirational. This is one of those films that will not disappoint you.