‘Lone Survivor’ Comes Out In Theaters Today – Why You Should Go See It
If you watch the movie trailer for “Lone Survivor”, you may think “Wow, looks like a pretty good war film.” I’m sure it is, but I know it is so much more than that. The last time I went to Memphis to visit St. Jude we all had an opportunity to meet the man who is the “Lone Survivor” in the title of the movie, Marcus Luttrell.
It is something that I will never forget and I felt honored to have heard him recount his story for us and to be able to hear it in his own words, in person. I remember thinking to myself at the time if everyone could listen to this man talk, hear his passion, his devotion and the real love he has for his Country and his fellow U.S. Navy Seals.
Listening to Marcus I felt so many emotions, he made me feel at times like I was actually there with him in the heat of battle trying desperately with him to find a way out of a situation that seemed destined to to go badly from the very beginning. I felt his pain as he recounted the fates of his team members but I also felt the love and respect that men can only feel for another human in circumstances that no man should ever endure. I heard the story then flip to his amazing experience actually being saved by a Afghan village who protected him from the Taliban , at times even to their own peril.
This is not just another good war film, this is a true account of our nations heroes and the struggles that they have endured over the last decade, stories you just don’t hear or see on the TV news. This is a movie that will make you feel, and think , and proud that we have such amazing strong men in this country that will put everything on the line for their brothers, their families and their countrymen.
These are the reasons I will be seeing this movie today, I have been waiting for it since I first met Marcus and from what I have seen in the trailers it looks very true to life and almost exactly what i pictured as I heard the man tell me the story in his own words.
I also encourage everyone to get the book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.
If you for some reason have not sen it yet, here is the trailer for “Lone Survivor”, if you go to see it , let me know what you thought.
Here is Marcus Luttrell giving a talk at the Goldwater Institute much like the one I was lucky enough to see, it’s worth the 22 minutes you will spend watching it: