Lone Survivor: a Movie About a True Navy SEAL Hero

This week, in theaters across the nation, the movie Lone Survivor is opening. It’s “based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival.” The bestseller is Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. It’s the account of our Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. They are then ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. “Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war.” The film, directed by Peter Berg – creator of Friday Night Lights – stars Mark Wahlberg.

One of the men killed in real life was Littleton, Colorado’s Danny Dietz, according to CBSLocal.com.  The news source reports that “Dietz was killed in action fighting against the Taliban in 2005. He continued to fire his weapon at the enemy even after he’d been mortally wounded.” The action of the story revolves around Marcus Luttrell – played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie — the lone survivor of their mission in Afghanistan.

According to BostonHerald.com, there came a point when the trapped SEALS were left with no other option but to leap off a cliff and be battered as they fell. Even the process of filming the scene was dangerous: actual SEALS were on site as consultants. According to an interview of Wahlberg conducted by BostonHerald.com, “The first time we went down the cliff, when (the stunt double) landed at the bottom he was put right onto a stretcher and right to the hospital.”

USAToday.com reports that both Luttrell and Wahlberg were relieved that “Hollywood” didn’t force artificial storylines, such as a fake love affair or cheesy special effects.

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