‘Lone Survivor’ inspires perseverance
If you are anything like me, you might think that releasing a movie on Christmas isn’t the smartest thing you can do. I’ve never thought about going to the movies with a group of friends on Christmas day. However, if the movie is anything like “Lone Survivor,” I’ll do it over and over again. Peter Berg, the director, doesn’t disappoint in this action-packed, dramatic story of perseverance.
Released Dec. 25, 2013, “Lone Survivor” quickly became a must see. Based on a true story, the film follows four Navy SEALs. The team of elite warriors goes on a mission to capture and eliminate a Taliban leader. They find themselves in extreme terrain with little to no communication with their superiors. Just as they settle in on a ridge above a small village hosting the enemy, a group of sheep herders stumble upon them. The team is faced with a decision, eliminate the compromise, or let them go, knowing that they are going to tell the enemy where they are. Live with the fact that they murdered unarmed people, or risk their own lives by letting them go. After making the morally correct decision, they find themselves quickly outgunned and outmanned.
As you are watching, you start to think there is no way any man could ever make it out alive. The SEALs keep repeating the same phrase, “You are never out of the fight.” After being shot at by hundreds of Taliban soldiers, ran off a cliff, and at the top of unfamiliar terrain, the thought of giving up is never raised. With only one way to call for support, Lieutenant Michael Murphy, played by Taylor Kitsch, does one of the most courageous, selfless things anyone has ever seen. Completely exposed, he climbs to the top of a peak to radio in air support. Shot several times, Murphy died on that peak. With only one survivor left, Marcus Luttrell, played by Mark Wahlberg, has to find a way to get out.
Saved by a friendly Afghan, he finds himself in another gun fight, in a village of untrained men. Whether it was fate, a miracle, or a little of both, Luttrell reseives help. Why? Because he was never out of the fight. The film shows how mentally tough our military members are and what they are willing to do to save this country. Just like other movies from the director, it does its job of making grown men want to cry. As a man who rarely sheds a tear, especially at a movie, I found myself an emotional wreck.
Although these men went through tremendous things that can’t be compared to anything, the message the film sends can be applied to multiple situations. As college students, we find ourselves constantly stressed about homework, tests, and the awkward moments with a secret crush. With finals week quickly approaching, remember one thing: You are never out of the fight. Never give up, and if you put your mind to something, it is possible.