As we remember on the eleventh of this month the many millions of people who have fought and died for their country, there have been many films made that portray the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers across the world. Films such as All Quiet on the Western Front, Platoon, Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan have done their best to portray the horror, brutality and sacrifice of war, with Saving Private Ryan being described as ‘like being back there’ by many veterans who served in the Second World War.
Today saw the release of the official trailer for Lone Survivor, which tells the harrowing true story of Seal Team 10, who on June the 28th 2005, were tasked to carry out Operation Red Wings on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, but what seemed like a routine mission ended in disaster,thanks to one crucial decision.
The film follows four members of SEAL Team 10 – Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Mike Murphy (Taylor Kitsch),Matt Axelson (Ben Foster) and Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch). During their hunt for notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, they discover that he is guarded by a heavily armed force, and must decide how to safely carry out their objective. Whilst taking up their concealed position in the hills above, a local farm boy stumbles upon them, and the Seal team must decide to either let him go, or to terminate him for the sake of the mission. As any soldier would do of course, they let him go, but their kindness and moral judgement backfires, and they end up paying a terrible price.
Lone Survivor is directed by Peter Berg, who was responsible for bringing us one of the worst films of all time, Battleship. However, Berg has clearly decided to forget his past mistakes, because from the look of the trailer, he has made what could be a truly epic, engaging and powerful war film. Viewers can judge for themselves when the film is released in the UK on January the 31st next year,