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Movie Review: Lone Survivor

Zach Woodbridge, Staff Writer

Jan. 31, 2014

What to know before you buy a ticket.

Lone Survivor is in theaters now.

Last week, I went to see Lone Survivor in theaters.  The movie has been out for around two weeks now, opening first on January 10th

It’s the story of a United States Navy SEAL team that undergoes a mission to capture and kill a Taliban leader during the war with Afghanistan.  They run into some unfortunate trouble with goats and end up capturing some locals that are probably in cahoots with the Taliban.  If the SEALs let them live, the Taliban will know their location – but they can’t just kill off civilians.  They let them go and enter a fight and flight for their lives. 

The movie is based on the book by the same name.  If you didn’t know it was a book, don’t feel bad.  I didn’t know either until my friend leaned over right before it started and whispered, "Did you read the book?"  To which I promptly replied, "Can I get you a mint?"  Just kidding.

But seriously, if you like war movies, action, masculinity, dramatized explosions, and a cast that doesn’t know how to complete a sentence without at least a little bit of profanity, this movie is for you.

I could have done without the (estimated) 143 f-bombs but hey, there were just as many real bombs to match it.  I also could have done without an RPG flying all the way through a helicopter and blowing up in the cockpit, completely Michael Bay-ing the explosion to way more than it needed to be (as if the impossible shot wasn’t impressive enough in the first place). 

If you’re looking for a chick flick, this isn’t your movie.  But if you want to see Alexander Ludwig (Cato in Catching Fire) dance like a girl or Mark Walhberg covered in blood and screaming for a knife, not a duck, you’ve chosen the right movie.

Final verdict: I give it 3.5 bombs out of 5.



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