365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About

6Feb/140

Lone Survivor (2013)

It took the entire year to find it, but I the last must see movie of 2013 proved to be the most emotional and tear-jerking movie of the year. With apologies to 12 Years A Slave which was very gut-wrenching at times, Lone Survivor is the movie that plays with your heart strings like no other. Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Perfect Storm) gives the performance of his lifetime as Marcus Luttrell, the only surviving member of a four person Navy SEALs team on the now infamous failed Operation Red Wings mission of 2005. The covert mission is simple enough. The four SEALs are to find notorious Taliban loyalist Ahmad Shah, a man currently residing in a village of Afghanistan who is responsible for killing 20 US marines a week earlier. Intel has informed him of his location and the team knows what to look for because Shahd has no ear lobes. They are informed of the terrain, the dangers of the mission, and the rules of engagement. The main goal of the mission was for reconnaissance and surveillance of  Shah and then inform the waiting military team, who then had the authorization to launch an air strike on the village to take out Shah and his men.

30Mar/110

Into The Wild (2007)

The Sean Penn (The Crossing Guard, The Pledge) directed Into the Wild had all the promise of a movie that could have lived in the lives of high school students around the country for years to come. The novel with the same name penned by Jon Krakauer is part of the high school curriculum in many school systems around the country. The movie is rated R. I've seen it twice. Had a couple of scenes been toned down, the movie could very easily have garnered a PG-13 rating, thus allowing it to be viewed in English class after the reading the book. I don't know if Penn thought about this when making the movie and, if he did, if he even cared. It is, however, food for thought.