Movie: Lone Survivor
What it’s up for: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

These kind of movies are kind of hard for me to watch. It’s easy to distance yourself from World War II movies and such because those things are part of history. When movies are made about real things that have happened recently, it’s a little bit more difficult.

This movie follows the true story of a failed Navy SEALs mission in Afghanistan known as Operation Red Wings in 2005. It’s based on a book by Marcus Luttrell who was the lone survivor of that mission. A team is sent after a known leader in the Taliban but things go wrong when they’re stumbled upon by a group of goat herders.

It is very intense and emotional. It’s beautifully shot. The cinematography is amazing and it is edited together creatively. The sound mixing and editing were remarkably good. An enormous amount of research went into this movie by Peter Berg. He even got special permission to embed with a Navy SEAL team in Iraq for a month. I appreciate the fact that we get to see what the military in action can actually be like. I came out of it with new thoughts and respect for our military men and women.

There’s not much more to say on this, though. Although you feel strongly for the characters and you’re held on the edge of your seat as you wait for Luttrell to be rescued, it’s not your standard entertainment film, and that’s perfectly fine. It is what it is. It’s good and worth a watch if only to appreciate the training and strength of will that embodied these fallen soldiers.

I don’t think it’ll win in either category, just because of the strong contenders it’s up against.