Based on the true story of a failed Navy SEALs operation to kill a high-ranking member of the Taliban, ‘Lone Survivor’ is a rousing tribute to the men who perished in June 2005 while serving their country.
Director Peter Berg is no stranger to explosive action and male posturing, having previously helmed The Kingdom, Hancock and the water-logged 2012 blockbuster ‘Battleship’.
He is the perfect fit for this gruelling material, delivering a final 30 minutes that will have audiences wincing in horror as four SEALs fling themselves down the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border during a gunfight with the Taliban.
It’s a heroic and harrowing portrait of bravado in combat and the bonds of brotherhood behind enemy lines.
There have been many silver screen versions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but the latest, ‘I, Frankenstein’, sees the nuts, bolts and ghoulish green paint of yore cast aside for a rather more attractive ‘monster’, played by Aaron Eckhart.
Eckhart, who has been christened Adam and is implausibly made out of the corpses of eight equally attractive hunks, has been roaming the earth for 200 years looking for his purpose in life.
On his travels he meets the demons and the gargoyles who are embroiled in an age-old conflict between good and bad. The demons, fronted by Bill Nighy, are desperate to get their mitts on Adam to see if they can use his soulless body to resurrect their late demon pals.
Also out this week, ‘The Awkward Moment’ and ‘Out of the Furnace’.