(The SEAL team, led by LT Michael P. Murphy and consisting of petty officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus Luttrell, were on a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a Taliban leader who commanded a group of insurgents known as the “Mountain Tigers,” west of Asadabad.)
The following is less a review of the film, “Lone Survivor”, the true story of “Operation Red Wings”— one of the worst days in US Special Forces history than it is an indictment of Americans who hate the military, it is simply about 18 troops who were killed in action in the remote mountains of Afghanistan eight years ago.
The four-man kill/capture SEAL Team lost its communications for air support and was trapped, overrun and three were killed in action; the fourth, Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor, who against all odds and wounds, lived to tell the story of his brothers in a book and now the film.
The film is face-paced, relentless, brutal and does not tolerate the ignorance of things military by civilians in the audience; they have to keep up as best they can; this is not to say it is hard to follow, it very much embraces my formula for a successful motion picture…. “A simple story told well.”
(Photo: Marcus Luttrell awarded the Navy Cross by a real Commander in Chief, George W. Bush.)
This movie could have been made about Americans in any war as it is based on the truth that soldiers don’t die for grand ideas or governments, they die for the man on their right and on their left. After all, truthful movies were made in (or about) WWII –see: “Saving Private Ryan”–but they were never done about Korea or Vietnam or until now because of the steady rise of anti-military/anti-America forces from then until now.
Especially in Hollywood.
For the left, “Survivor” is a Rorschach Test. All the negative reviews I’ve read are uninformed, simplistic, and dunder-headed and with one theme…. the movie failed because it isn’t a left wing movie.
Exactly… and it’s killing at the box office… a movie for Real America; screw the rest of ’em.
I have been fighting this military v everyone else battle since the ’60s– but “everyone else” is now largely populated, not so much by the doctrinaire leftists, but even worse: by idiots–those who admit they get their “news” from the Comedy Channel. There’s a joke there, but sadly it is on us… on America.
Never in history has the gap between veterans and civilians in America been wider; today the average person in America could not tell the difference between an admiral and a master sergeant. Yet in the late 30s and early 40s, grade school children learned to identify the silhouettes of US, German and Japanese aircraft.
Why? Because they were taught… with flash cards in the classroom; because they were Americans and we were all in a fight for our lives.
Hell, now they don’t even say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rather than giving me hope for America’s future, “Lone Survivor” simply exposes the gulf between those who would sacrifice and die for America a and those who simply do not give a damn.
And that includes Marcus Luttrell and SEAL Team 10.
I have been writing about Operation Reed Wings since it happened:
Mapped photo of actual battleground — Even the movie does not do justice to the impossible terrain faced by the SEALs or Operation Red Wings.