Emerald’s Gem Box: Lone Survivor – A Must See Movie

This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to the movie theatre to watch “Lone Survivor.” It was, in fact, the most watched movie this weekend, and the second biggest January opening of all time, with an estimated $38.5 million being brought in between the days of Friday and Sunday. This movie has had so much publicity, for the last several months that many movie-goers have been anxiously awaiting the opening day. I know I have been. “Lone Survivor” is based on the true story of a four-man SEAL team, whose orders were to “capture or kill” a notorious Taliban leader. The mission takes a turn for the worse, leaving SEAL Team Member Marcus Luttrell as the “Lone Survivor.” The step by step recount takes the viewer through their realization of being outnumbered, their retreat, the gunfire exchange, being shot multiple times and falling back down a mountain. I have no desire to try to re-tell the movie here, as there is no possible way to ever capture the meaning and force of what is felt, when someone actually watches it. I will say that the array of feelings that is felt during (and after) the movie is astounding and different for each individual. I know my biggest feelings were of pride and admiration for not only those four men, but for everyone that has ever served, and is presently serving, in ANY of our armed forces. I also walked out of that theater mad and disgusted at the disregard for human life that these Third World countries have. Many years of research and many months of hard work went into the making of this film. The movie’s director visited each of the three fallen SEAL members’ families and talked with them in detail, to learn about them personally. Marcus Luttrell worked closely with the director as did other Navy SEAL veterans, who acted as technical advisors, for the film’s making. The main actors had weeks of military training in order to prepare them for the physical demands of their roles, and to teach them the “proper” way of doing a lot of the military things they would be doing. “Lone Survivor” is being called one of the most realistic war movies ever made as well as one of the most accurate. The language is rough, not made for “young ears,” but then again…… it is war. If you’re out there putting your life on the line and being shot at ……. I guess you can say whatever you want to say! One comical statement (comical to ME, I might add) was a statement that was made during the movie where one of the soldiers describes what liberal media, like CNN, will broadcast them as, if they kill a certain group of enemies. It even goes into detail how they would be portrayed as baby-killers and shown on television as the “bad guys.” I found it “comical” that they called CNN by name and called them out for what they truly are. There they are, OUR MEN, out fighting for their LIVES and they have to worry about liberal media and how they would be portrayed. It’s a crying shame. Then, lo and behold, just days ago, CNN reporter Jake Tapper interviews Marcus Luttrell and steps all over himself …………. Transcript via BizPac Review: “One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was,” Tapper said in starting off the interview. “And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don’t want any more senseless American death.” […] “I don’t know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness never really came into it,” Luttrell replied. “Where did you see that? We never felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.” Tapper tried to explain, but he was clearly out of his league. “It seemed senseless,” the CNN host responded. “I don’t mean to disrespect in any way, but it seemed senseless — all of these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong.” Irritated, Luttrell gave Tapper a little education on military combat. “We spend our whole lives training to defend this country and then we were sent over there by this country,” Luttrell said. “So you’re telling me because we were over there doing what we were told by our country, that it was senseless? And my guys, what? They died for nothing?” Backtracking, Tapper said, “No.” “That’s what you said,” Luttrell fired back. “So, let me just say, it went bad for us over there, but that was our job. That’s what we did. We didn’t complain about it.” Tapper eventually tried to ease the tension by saying, “Maybe it’s just the difference between what a civilian feels when he watches this, versus what a soldier feels.” I strongly disagree with that statement as well. I am a civilian; and at NO point during that movie did I ever feel that anyone died “for nothing” or that it was “senseless.” Statements like that remind me of all the things I heard were said during the Vietnam War. Didn’t the American citizens learn their lessons, back then, about things said about our military men? It’s becoming more and more obvious that many of “us” did not! I walked out of that theater Saturday night with pride and admiration! I also walked out glad that a movie, such as this, has been made, for it shows the average citizen who the true heroes of this nation are. I’m sick of seeing all these movies that are being filmed that portray our government as our friend, when, in fact, we are losing more and more of our freedoms everyday; when, in fact, our government is becoming a tyranny and we are losing to socialism. I walked out of that theater more aware of what our soldiers do for us every day and the fact that “our” government is taking more and more of their benefits away from them. Every one of those suits, on Capitol Hill, make thousands upon thousands of dollars and spend every day forcing things like Obamacare down our throat, and then vote to take away from our military, so more people can have extended unemployment and free cell phones! “…the first murmurings from the liberal part of the U.S.A. that we were somehow in the wrong, brutal killers, bullying other countries; that we who put our lives on the line for our nation at the behest of our government should somehow be charged with murder for shooting our enemy. It’s an insidious progression, the criticisms of the U.S. Armed Forces from politicians and from the liberal media, which knows nothing of combat, nothing of our training, and nothing of the mortal dangers we face out there on the front line.” -Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 “..Washington, where the human rights of terrorists are often given high priority. And I am certain liberal politicians would defend their position to the death. Because everyone knows liberals have never been wrong about anything. You can ask them. Anytime.” ― -Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 If you haven’t seen the movie – go see it – you’ll be glad you did! Until then….. I’ll see you around the town.

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