DVD micro review - Lone Survivor - A tragic tale of survival - 3.5 stars

DVD micro review: Based on a true story of modern warfare,  and the fight for life

Cinematic Value: We get personal glimpse into the life of Navy Seals through the lens of director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock). Based on the true story of Seal Marcus Lutrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his team who go into remote Afghanistan to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. The mission becomes a struggle of moral issues, the fight against great odds and the survival of this small band of men. Ultimately, the turmoil which pushes the human spirit and the reliance on fellow men determines the outcome of this harrowing tale. 

The source material is rich with opportunities for a good story teller and Berg is back to good story telling. It took five years to get this journey on the big screen and it was worth the wait. The intimacy of the filming made for a sincere look at modern warfare. The cast was picked well for their roles and portrayed the importance of the trust within a military unit. The lead up to the ensuing battle gives us a glimpse of the human side of these men and the sacrifice they make with the jobs they are asked to preform.  This film depicts the honour of the military, but does not glorify the nature of war. Also, the honest depiction of how modern warfare still does still has it's difficulties and the effects it has on humanity. The story takes the viewer on a journey of the human spirit and shows the impact of war on both sides of the battle. Unfortunately, Berg did not capitalise on the Christian message from Lutrell's book and misses the heart of the survival journey. The book would be worth picking up before seeing the film. 

Family value: The graphic depictions of war and the language of the military lifestyle make this film inaccessible for young viewers. Yet, it is a film worth seeing for the sake of the discussion of sacrifice, the realities of war and the importance of team. 

Micro review: Lone Survivor was a well shot and acted film. A film of honour, sacrifice and an honest portrayal of modern warfare. The film opens the door to questions of the human condition and our response to the difficulties of life's challenges. 

Overall Rating: 3.5 stars

Bigger questions:
1. What does the Bible say about life's journey?  (Isaiah 55: 6-13, Matthew 11:28-30)
2. What is the priority for others in life? (Philippians 2:3-16, John 15:12-13)
3. Is there anything worth fighting for in this life? (1 Timothy 6:12, Matthew 22: 36-40)

DVD micro review written by Russell Matthews based on a five star rating system @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews