Lone Survivor is based on the true events surrounding Operation Red Wings, a 2005 mission undertaken by four members of the Navy Seals. The task was to limit insurgence in a mountain region to allow for the smooth running of elections in the region. However, the four Navy Seals once landing quickly fall into a trap…one they must fight to get out of, and not all do.
The thing I really like about this film is the contrast between the heroes, the most obvious being Lieutenant Michael P. “Murph” Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), who risks his life to help save the rest of the Seals. The other were the Pashtun villagers who helped protect the sole surviving member of the Seal operation, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg). The final words of the film highlight the Villagers honour code of Pashtunwali, which ensured the survival of Lutterll at the expense of endangering their own lives and the lives of their family. I think sometimes the media is heavily critical about America, or indeed the Western world’s involvement in the war, but this film helps show some of the people the Western world is fighting for. Whatever the politics and reasons behind the war, there are good, honest, brave and wonderful people fighting a war against those that threaten a code of honour and a way of life for many people.