Last week we went to see Lone Survivor, a film about a four man Navy Seals team and their mission to capture or kill the head of the Taliban and his second in command.
The film begins by showing you some of the training that the Navy Seals undergo, stripping down their bodies and minds and making them push harder and longer than the limits of human endurance.
You can see why they need to undergo that level of training when later on in the movie the team find themselves standing on the edge of a rocky cliff with the only way out to jump and take their chances. Watching four men rolling and bouncing off the rocks and landing at all sorts of angles was hard to watch. Especially when one lands near a rattle snake. To do this once is bad enough but to watch them do it twice was hard, I ended up pulling my coat over my eyes.
I didn’t realise until the end of the movie that the film is based on a true story written by the Lone Survivor of the mission.
I really enjoyed the movie but I did find it very hard to watch. We need people like them in the world as most people would be unable to do what those men do. Whether or not you believe in war and the validity of it, war will always exist in some form and without men prepared to jump off a cliff and carry on fighting there would be no hope for the wider society.