Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 is a non-fiction book written by Marcus Luttrell with assistance from novelist and ghostwriter Patrick Robinson and published in 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. Luttrell was one of four members of the Navy Seal team sent into the hostile Afghanistan Mountains on a dangerous mission.
Early in the film, we get a look at snap shots and clips of the exhaustive, relentless, almost inhumane Navy Seal training that only a few are able to complete. It sets the stage for the rock-hard mindset and “get-it-done” attitude these brave soldiers in the elite combat outfit carries with them. That training clearly cultivated and honed their mental capability to manage and even overcome fear, pain, fatigue and confusion which all comes into play when they face deadly, overwhelming enemy attacks deep inside the Afghanistan Mountains.
Lone Survivor is the moving true story about a Navy SEALs mission gone horribly wrong; from incorrect intelligence to inoperable communications technology and the pivotal encounter that forces the team to make a life or death decision. Mark Wahlberg plays one of four Navy Seals who head into the Afghanistan mountains in 2005 to identify and kill a Taliban commander who has been attacking and killing American soldiers. They spot him but also realize that he has a small army, not ten men as they had been told.
Once the action begins, it rarely stops and the action is painfully brutal as the heroes spill their blood and guts on the battlefield. It’s hard not to be in awe of their sheer bravery, and complete combat focus in spite of the absolute reality that being killed in this fierce, unrelenting firefight is a given. After watching this movie, I once again felt a sense of pride and respect for our fighting forces, and a deeper appreciation for our allies that provide aid in and around enemy lines. Possible nominations: Picture, Cinematography, Sound Editing/Mixing Written by Tony C. Lesesne