Thursday, June 5, 2014
Lone Survivor :Spoiler alert
Don't watch the trailer if you don't want some of the plot to be disclosed.
I go through a regular cycle of events when there's a war movie coming out. First, I say definitively that I am not going to watch it. Then my wife says that yes, I will, and I might as well go ahead and get it over with.
Then I say no, absolutely not. She and I both know I tend to get wound up like a three dollar pocket watch over some movies.
Eventually, I do watch the movie. Usually I just get annoyed. Either the technical work has been sloppy and you have people running around with the wrong weapons, wrong uniforms, etc (Think The World Wars from History Channel as a recent example). Or, as in the case of Blackhawk Down, the technical presentation is flawless but the history of the event is so infuriating. That movie highlights stupid mistakes, by people in air conditioned offices in D.C., with political agendas, and how that impacts on troops 8000 miles away. That sets me off on a rant my wife has heard intermittently over the last 30 odd years. She's tired of it but she listens so I can "get over it." My wife is a pragmatist. She sometimes asks me why I do this to myself, and at my age. She is exasperated. All I can say is that it's some Pavlovian response, a moth to the candle instinct. For some years she has had a rule, no movies that don't end happily. She absolutely won't watch any movie without a happy ending. That's clearly a coping mechanism on her part, but I don't know what she's coping with. Probably she doesn't either.
As for this movie, let me say that if anyone were deploying to Afghanistan, this is a movie you should move heaven and earth to prevent your wife, girl friend, mom, dad, brothers or sisters, or anyone else that will worry about you from watching.
If you fly helicopters, don't watch this movie. Trust me. Take it on faith.
If you are just Joe S**t the Ragman, looking for some light entertainment, this isn't it.
All in all, it's a very intense movie. I never really knew any Navy Seals. I never worked with them, that wasn't my neck of the woods. But if this is what they are really like, it's no wonder they have the reputation for professionalism and hard charging that they do.
There's some beautiful scenery in it, and some great flying scenes. I don't know, at the end, if a person will be motivated and uplifted, or depressed. I guess it depends on the person.
I'm going to buy the DVD, although I watched it on Direct TV Pay Per View. I almost always do this with a movie that is positive and supports the military and the military virtues. I may not watch it again, but I figure buying the DVD helps the people who invested in the movie make money, and rewards them for doing a good job of it.