Lone Survivor


Navy Seal training looks a tad challenging

“It pays to be a winner.”

“I like having buddies that I can depend on, and I would like them to be able to depend on me.”

“There’s a storm inside of us. A burning. A river. A drive. An unrelenting desire to push yourself harder and further than anyone could think possible. Pushing ourselves into those cold, dark corners where the bad things live; where the bad things fight. We want that fight at the highest fight. The loudest, darkest, coldest, most unpleasant of the unpleasant fights.”

Slow, CU the guys sleeping. Connect to back home. Show physically fit without making it the point of the scene.

Exercising. Pushing selves hard. Competitive. It is the point of that little vignette. Banter. The mission is introduced.

Serious work. Rooting technique

Show the enemy – they are really bad. Ruthless.

“A lot of moving parts.” – doubt

Importance last home.

Silliness. Seriousness. Strange frogman speech. Recite it perfectly.

“Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing.”

During the speech, the mission starts. Serious, life-threatening work. They are after the really bad, bad guys.

Conceal and cover doesn’t make for good movie. The audience can’t see the character in the setting. Can’t see the gravity of of the situation.

They’re rather out in the open.

I love good binoculars


Ask what your team wants. Let them recommend.

Mark Walberg has a good concerned face – furrowed brow.


Constant communication.

Banter. Funny, humanizes.

Slow realization of the goats – the danger. Let it build. One by one, they notice. “Do you see this?” “What the f*ck is this?”

“A cursed OP.” “It’s just Afghanistan.”

They actually did a pretty god job of conceal and cover.

What do you do when things go wrong. So much at stake.

Someone gives the orders.

TiC (Troops in Contact)

Direct eye contact. Even soft, held eye contact.

Parallel story: juxtaposition: boy running down, SEALS climbing up

So much communication. Nothing happens w/o communication.

Holy shit. So intense. What do you do. Living is better than dying. Getting out is better than getting pinned.

Well, crap. That didn’t go well.

“Suck it the f*ck up.”

They need to find a better way down rocks.

“I am the reaper.”

Don’t they wear armor?

They sit around a bit.

What do people say when they are about to die? What do they say every single time? Tell __________ that I love them. Well, why would you wait until you’re dying?


That breathing is gross.

The shot to the head was harsh.

Aren’t there strategies and formations for dealing with being surrounded, outmanned, and maximizing terrain, time, etc.

Whoa. Is that busted bone out of his leg?

Is he left-handed?

People will help. (X-ref: Even infants have an instinct to help.)

Whoa. That villager sets out walking.

Couldn’t a SEAL take four guys? I guess not shot up and with a busted leg.

He doesn’t do a very good job trying to communicate. Words don’t work with differing languages; use images.

UnderArmor and Mechanix

He acts a bit like an animal. Like we would expect one of the “primitive” captors we would capture.

Quite a few nick-of-time salvations.

“You are never out of the fight.”

Not all military operations (even American!) go as planned. I wonder what percentage go as planned? Few.

War is the worst thing ever. But you do have to fight the bad guys. Even take the fight to them. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.


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