The “true story” of Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his team Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) Matt ‘Axe’ Axelson (Ben Foster) who in June 2005 are sent on a mission to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. When the mission is compromised Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in inhospitable Afghanistan against the ruthless Taliban who peruse them.
Starting with the words “based on a true story” I held back a scoff because of the way Hollywood likes to over dramatize so called true events. This being said with the montage at the beginning of the training these Navy Seals have to endure it is not so hard to believe that these men can withstand such a beating. The story aimed to show all aspects of a soldier, from the warrior to the husband and father. Most of all it follows the line of brotherhood, hard decisions have to be made and some would of imagined blame being laid at the team leaders feet for the shit storm that happened due to the line he took but no. None of the group mention “what ifs” or “we should haves” they get on with it and are proud to fight alongside their brothers! It’s not about bravery or being a hero, it’s not even about the mission it’s about getting on with it and staying alive! That’s what I enjoyed and found much more true to form.
Why did I chose this movie, well I actually didn’t, I was going to the cinema my friend Graeme wanted to see it so he got the choice of movie. It was not the action packed flick I thought it was going to be, I mean it did have loads action in it but it fitted the story rather than being all out carnage from start to end, and if you can believe it there was some humour thrown in there. From the title and story itself, we know what the inevitable ending will be, so as the tension of who lives is robbed from the audience the focus is not on how they died but rather how they lived.