It is no secret that the United States uses a situation to promote its army by transforming them into works, sometimes not even something related to war, we can see science fiction that often puts soldiers and / or president as heroes in alien invasions. The Great Hero (Lone Survivor) does not deny this advertisement, already putting in the title that it intends to show the heroic acts of an American, there would be no way to be subtle in relation to that, but it is an honest advertisement, that works and magnifies the team involved without abusing forced moments.
Based on the book originally released as The Only Survivor and now re-released as The Great Hero, written by SEAL himself who lived the story, Marcus Luttrel, O long account of the American Navy mission in 2005, where four SEAls were sent to Pakistan to capture an al-Qaeda leader, but only one managed to return.
It is the typical case of synopsis that delivers the ending, but this is not a problem in this production, what really matters is to see how it happens. Currently, great scenes of violence during the war are not so impressive anymore and maybe that's why the plot follows the opposite path, even using many - and good - special effects, it doesn't invest in putting large exposures of mutilated members, but in the emotional . For this, the script introduces you intimately to the members of the mission, giving details of their daily lives outside the army.
Everything happens very fast and gives the spectator the feeling of actually knowing a little about the life of Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael (Taylor Kitsch), Danny (Emile Hirsch) and Axe (Ben Foster). Right off the bat the SEALs had a great training, followed by several moments of them interacting with their families and with each other, which automatically generates great sympathy for the characters.
The film does not escape typical scenes from productions about the war, but the excess tension compensates for the small slips and manages to arrest the viewer without any difficulty. Without being appealing to excessive violence, The Great Hero manages to stand out from other films, even leaving a surprise with an unexpected gratitude to an Afghanistan.
The Great Hero is a quality work, which earned him Oscar nominations for better mixing and better sound editing. It is the type of production that promises to stay in the viewer's mind for a long time.