Pause for kids 17 & under
Brutal, powerful, ultimately moving true Navy SEAL story.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lone Survivor tells the true story of a 2005 Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan gone terribly wrong. It features brutal, bloody violence, with guns, shooting, gory wounds, and many deaths, including major characters. The men use some sexual innuendo, as well as very strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k." The movie is very intense, yet also very moving. It shows training footage and photos of real SEALs, including the real participants in this story. It also goes into a little detail about the Afghani tribe that rescued the last survivor, despite the danger they faced in doing so. Some parents won't mind bringing teens to this movie to demonstrate the bravery, heroism, and teamwork of the SEALs, but other parents may be worried that teens will want to head to the recruiting office afterward.
- Families can talk about the movie's intense, brutal, bloody violence. What effect did it have? Did it seem realistic? Was it necessary in telling this story?
- How does this movie make the Navy SEALs look? Do they come across as warriors or regular people? Does it make you want to join them? Do you think that's the intention of the movie?
- Would you say that this movie is an anti-war movie or a pro-war movie, or somewhere in-between? Why?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie wrestles with a profound moral quandary and viewers can decide what's right and wrong for themselves. War is depicted as ugly and brutal, but the Navy SEALs also show the considerable courage, strength, and dedication it takes to make the team, which makes them seem highly admirable. While some parents will find the patriotism, sacrifice, and heart the soldiers display incredibly moving, others might be concerned that war and the military appears in too positive a light, and might come off like a recruitment movie.
Role models: The characters themselves are strong, brave, and work together, but they're just as flawed as anyone. The movie introduces us to a group of Afghan Pashtun villagers who protect one of the Americans in spite of the danger to themselves. Their laws of hospitality and protection go back generations, and are highly admirable.
What to watch for
Violence: The relentless battle violence is brutally realistic, shocking, and horrific. The battle does not go as it might in a normal war movie. Characters are shot in every conceivable part of their bodies, sprain their ankles, fall from cliffs, lose their fingers, bash their heads, and pass out. The fight is chaotic and desperate, with a great deal of blood and many bloody wounds. A character digs bloody shrapnel out of his wounded leg. Many characters die. A helicopter explodes, killing a number of men inside.
Sex: We hear plenty of sexual innuendo ("pushing peter," etc.) among the men during the movie's first half, before the fighting starts.
Language: Language is very strong and constant, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "balls," "crap," "bitch," "hell," "shut up," "muff," etc.
Consumerism: Not applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable
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Lone Survivor by mflee02
What an amazing and emotional movie. I highly recommend seeing it in the theater for the full impact, thank you to those that serve, or have served and thank you to the families which allowed this wonderful movie to take place - the ended brought tears to not only my eyes but my husbands.
Great Honor to our soldiers in harms way by Cin_Artist
I just came from seeing this movie. It is masterfully done, you fill all of the emotions as if you are on that mountain with these brave men. It is graphic but I think it needs to be to tell the story. They went through a horrific blood bath because they had done the honorable thing as a team and allowed those that would cause their demise to live. You see the brotherhood of these men, you also see Good vs Evil. You see that there are good people willing to help and that they also have been brutalized both mentally and physically from the Taliban. My prayers are with the families of all soldiers that have lost love ones in this war and know I think this film honors them. I do believe that the lone survivor lived to tell this story and honor his brothers. I also hope he has peace and happiness during the rest of his life now and know he honored them well and they would be proud!
A MUST SEE! Put this first on your list--no chldren, though. by film-bug
This movie is a magnificent tribute to our soldiers, and their daily acts of courage. It's a true story, and the cast does a wonderful job of giving an up close and personal account of the sacrifices they made (and make) for all of us.
The critics should be ashamed of themselves, downgrading this film to a "so-so". How predictable that they don't like anything pro-America, or pro-American military--such a bunch of losers.
Good Action Movie by Mustangofficer
Movie's rarely live up to a book and this one doesn't either, but I think that they did the best that they could. Turning a 3 hour gun battle and a five day escape/evade into a 2 hour movie would be daunting for any director. I believe they captured the essence of the movie and of course took some "hollywood" liberties with the story, but all in all, they detailed the hatred of the taliban towards the USA and the catch 22 our troops are in (I have 5 deployments to that area). Additionally, Peter Berg got all the military lingo, aircraft types and sounds of all - exactly correct. Well done. The tribute at the end was the right thing to do. The normal citizen should read Lone Survivor regardless of seeing the movie.
Intense by ATAXPRO
Captures war at it's worst. Billions of people yearn to be free, you will see what it is like to be an American soldier and understand why we must, if we can, serve as the worlds beacon of hope. Others will go away from it wondering why we were there in the first place...that is not my take. I think the film was two hours...it felt like less than an hour went by and it was over. Bring a hankie and be proud of our troops.
Best war movie to date by jstonemo
Amazing, heart wrenching movie about what Marcus Luttrell and his team members went through that cost them their lives, except for Mr. Luttrell. Very graphic violence so obviously not for kids.
True to life action by valuteccs
The best and most authentic combat movie I have ever seen. It showed the heroism of the four Seals and their love for each other and their incredible attitude, spirit and heart. It is an accurate encapsulation of the horror of combat and the outstanding people who defend liberty every day for those of us back home.
Lone Survivor should get best picture or the " academy " sucks balls by mean 1
I felt like I was right there with them. excellent movie, from the acting to the cinematography Peter Berg and the cast did an amazing job of bringing Marcus Luttrell's true story to the screen for all of us to see.
Gut wrenching film about Operation Red Wings and the tragic events that unfolded during it. by jquest64
For those already familiar with Operation Red Wings, run to the theater and see this film. Those who are not, you may want to do some research on the Operation first and learn about these brave men before you do, then run to the theater and see it.
The film was incredible, and gut wrenching. Very hard to watch at times, the film does a great job of pulling you into the world of these four incredible men, their support team and the fate that befell them. My fellow theater mates must have agreed as the theater was the quietest I have ever seen in my 50 years of movie going.
The acting was great and really brings out the bond these brothers share. As a veteran this may be more noticeable to those who served and shared this camaraderie. Cinematography and directing really help to draw you into the film. It is very rare that a film works on all cylinders. This film does just that, and thankfully so. The sacrifices these men made deserves nothing less.
Very Compelling by joander7
As a former Army Ranger, this film replicates the true sacrifice that my tier one brother's sign up for. There are no regrets, no self-pity, only honor and duty in the field of battle and service to our nation. To my special forces brother in arms in all branches of service, I salute you. Rangers lead the Way.