Lone Survivor was a very intense film to watch. I've seen a fair few intense films and I'd rank Lone Survivor as one of the most intense films of recent times. The film is just relentless at times and it's upsetting to watch the amounts of courage these men have and what they were forced to go through. There are two scenes where the characters are forced to jump down a cliff if they wish to live and these scenes were just absolutely brutal and had me on the edge of covering my eyes. There are a few other relentless scenes, but I won't spoil them.
Most people are going on about how 12 Years a Slave is hard to watch, but I found this harder to watch. I do agree with how 12 Years a Slave was hard to watch and I enjoyed that film just a bit more than I did this, but I certainly found this harder to watch. There are so many gruesome and disturbing moments as well as various intense moments that I mentioned in the previous paragraph. From when the ambush begins there's hardly any time to catch your breath and allow your heart to slow down. When you think that you've come across an opportunity for this to happen something shocking and out of the blue comes along and you're heart begins to race again.
The makeup in the film was very disturbing at times. The blood and the occasional grotesque moments were shot in such a realistic manner which helps to add to the realism of the makeup. Lone Survivor got snubbed in so many Oscar categories this year, makeup especially. Some of the imagery in the film just didn't hold back. The film can get really disturbing at many moments, but you never want to stop watching as it's such a brilliant film.
The performances in the film were surprisingly great. Mark Whalberg gives a great performance as per usual. It's rare to see him give a bad performance so this wasn't really a surprising factor. The performance that actually surprised me the most was from Taylor Kitsch. I've seen a few of his films and he didn't really have a good start with films such as Battleship and John Carter being the ones he's know for. He actually was really good in this film to my delighted surprise.
I didn't really get to know the character's names until around half way through the film. Up until this half way point I could really only tell you one of the character's names. There names were mentioned about once in the whole film and I did care for these men and were heartbroken when terrible things happened, but I wasn't entirely sure what there names were for most of the time. By the end of the movie I had it down pat, but it did take a while.
To sum up Lone Survivor was an intense, relentless film that's much harder to watch than 12 Years a Slave. The makeup was realistically disturbing and the performances were great, I just struggled to name characters.