Lone Survivor Monday, 16 September 2019

Lone Survivor

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence and coarse language.

  • Starring:

    Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Yousuf Azami, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig

  • Directed by:

    Peter Berg

  • Running time:

    121 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, hacked, beheaded, stabbed, dragged, wrestled, bound, butt-whipped, head-slammed, thrown down embankments, impaled, bludgeoned, threatened, slapped, kicked, beaten, near-choked. Helicopter crash, frequent gunfire, grenades thrown, explosions, burning objects. Armed soldiers, military vehicles, air raid, handguns, rifles, grenade launchers, RPG, machine guns. Blood/gore: Corpses. Blood splatter, bloody wounds, blood on clothing, blood on objects, bloody cuts, missing fingers, bleeding. Man on stretcher, wound-dressing, objects removed from skin, swollen eye. CPR, defibrillation, flatlining. Decapitated head, killing, slaughtering mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Shirtless men. Men in underwear. Sexual-themed banter. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking, chewing tobacco. Beer brands mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, bastard. Slang for genitals. Gender, military, ethnic, cultural stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Navy SEALs, Operation Red Wings, Ahmad Shah, mission, survival, terrorism, war, combat, sacrifice, compromise, tactical operations, radio communications, failed missions, ambush, extreme military exercises, training, courage, machismo, solidarity, Pashtunwali, rescue, family, relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Bagram (Afghanistan) setting. Helicopters, jets, military aircraft, military vehicles. Horses, dogs (photos). Goats, dog, cow, snake, duck. Drool, spitting. Some Farsi language (subtitles). Based on a true story. Based on Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Energetic, realistic, tense, riveting, moving, harrowing, visceral, agonising, patriotic, pummeling, frenzied, brutal, unrelenting, charged, bloody, violent, unsparing, strong, gripping, nerve-wracking, frank, shocking, gruesome. Uncompromising detail, dramatic setting, nuanced performances, shattering intensity, excellent prosthetics, miraculous story, tough battle scenes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Grueling, one-sided, propogandist. Broad clichés, title gives the ending away, too machismo.

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