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You may forgive Peter Berg for Battleship after seeing the trailer for Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg

Jul. 31, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Peter Berg has wanted to direct the adaptation of the book LONE SURVIVOR for so long that he agreed to direct BATTLESHIP for Universal if they agreed to finance it. Well, that is what Deadline claims. While technically sounds, BATTLESHIP was an utter disaster in every other way. But, this new trailer for LONE SURVIVOR proves that Berg still has what it takes to make a good military film.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Taylor Kitsch, LONE SURVIVOR is based on the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell:

LONE SURVIVOR tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan

LONE SURVIVOR looks like a smaller scale war film, one more focused on the characters rather than huge explosive set pieces. Sure there are still some action scenes in the trailer but this film looks more like four against an army and a tale of survival. Part of what makes movies like BLACK HAWK DOWN so good are the realistic portrayal of situations gone bad.

LONE SURVIVOR opens in limited release on December 27, 2013 and wide on January 10, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Berg's VERY BAD THINGS remains one of my favorite black comedies.
Source: Deadline

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1:36PM on 08/04/2013
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I have been waiting for this film.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I have been waiting for this film.
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11:33AM on 08/04/2013
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I have been waiting for this film.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I have been waiting for this film.
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12:11PM on 08/02/2013

Sign me up

Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster are two of the most underrated actors working today.
Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster are two of the most underrated actors working today.
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1:12PM on 08/01/2013
I would've shot the boy.
I would've shot the boy.
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12:48PM on 08/01/2013

sick!

but i was hoping to see more Bana.
but i was hoping to see more Bana.
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10:47AM on 08/01/2013
This looks fucking awesome! And that's a dynamite cast too, glad to see Ben Foster getting more significant roles in movies these days - easily one of the most underrated actors out there. And I think Taylor Kitsch may have found his niche with war movies and playing soldiers (Battleship excluded).
This looks fucking awesome! And that's a dynamite cast too, glad to see Ben Foster getting more significant roles in movies these days - easily one of the most underrated actors out there. And I think Taylor Kitsch may have found his niche with war movies and playing soldiers (Battleship excluded).
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9:26AM on 08/01/2013
That looks badass!

That looks badass!

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9:23AM on 08/01/2013
Double post - apologies.
Double post - apologies.
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9:18AM on 08/01/2013
You'll die for your country, I'm going to live for mine... America fuck yeah! The Taliban will never win if they don't have badass philosophical views such as this :o)
You'll die for your country, I'm going to live for mine... America fuck yeah! The Taliban will never win if they don't have badass philosophical views such as this :o)
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9:31AM on 08/01/2013
American soldiers won't die for their country? How unpatriotic of them.
American soldiers won't die for their country? How unpatriotic of them.
4:17PM on 08/02/2013
"Nobody ever won a war by dying for their country. They won by making the other bastard die for theirs." -Patton
"Nobody ever won a war by dying for their country. They won by making the other bastard die for theirs." -Patton
9:10AM on 08/01/2013
What is with the anti-American vibe on some of these comments. The Taliban was a terrorist group which if they had their way would see you dead. It is a movie about war, it is never glamorous and it sucks, but I am proud of the men and women that fight for my country.
What is with the anti-American vibe on some of these comments. The Taliban was a terrorist group which if they had their way would see you dead. It is a movie about war, it is never glamorous and it sucks, but I am proud of the men and women that fight for my country.
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9:14AM on 08/01/2013
because they think its cool and funny to be anti-American its the cool thing these days apparently.
because they think its cool and funny to be anti-American its the cool thing these days apparently.
9:23AM on 08/01/2013
Whilst I wasn't trying to be cool...I was trying to be funny. I loved Black Hawk Down...and this trailer looks pretty good and lines like You'll die for your country, I'm going to live for mine get me all pumped up and shit...but it won't stop me from wondering if the kid really was let go or if this movie has glamorised / hero-ised(?) stuff that actually went down in far more sinister style.
Whilst I wasn't trying to be cool...I was trying to be funny. I loved Black Hawk Down...and this trailer looks pretty good and lines like You'll die for your country, I'm going to live for mine get me all pumped up and shit...but it won't stop me from wondering if the kid really was let go or if this movie has glamorised / hero-ised(?) stuff that actually went down in far more sinister style.
9:34AM on 08/01/2013
In the book Riz-man because it is thought he is the one that tipped off the Taliban to the Seals, also the book shows the good of the Afghanistan people as well.
In the book Riz-man because it is thought he is the one that tipped off the Taliban to the Seals, also the book shows the good of the Afghanistan people as well.
8:58AM on 08/01/2013

LOL...they gave away the ending...

I know I know..it's based on a real life story but at leat change the fucking title.
I know I know..it's based on a real life story but at leat change the fucking title.
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12:29PM on 08/01/2013
there is more to the story than just the battle itself.
there is more to the story than just the battle itself.
8:04AM on 08/01/2013
I'm already incredibly disappointed that Mark Wahlberg survives.
I'm already incredibly disappointed that Mark Wahlberg survives.
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8:00AM on 08/01/2013
Love it. love the cast, the story and the visuals. Hopefully this will redeem Kitsch and make someone (Marvel/Disney?)FINALLY notice Foster.
Love it. love the cast, the story and the visuals. Hopefully this will redeem Kitsch and make someone (Marvel/Disney?)FINALLY notice Foster.
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2:07PM on 08/01/2013
Foster has already featured in a Marvel movie...
Foster has already featured in a Marvel movie...
4:54PM on 08/01/2013
when i said Marvel/Disney, i meant not FOX/SONY. maybe i wasnt clear.
when i said Marvel/Disney, i meant not FOX/SONY. maybe i wasnt clear.
7:43PM on 08/01/2013
i figured you meant Marvel in all of its forms of ownership... Disney/Fox/Sony.
i figured you meant Marvel in all of its forms of ownership... Disney/Fox/Sony.
7:52AM on 08/01/2013
Not sure why Ben Foster's popularity hasn't exploded yet. Thought he was amazing in 3:10 to Yuma and I'm sure he'll be great in this.
Not sure why Ben Foster's popularity hasn't exploded yet. Thought he was amazing in 3:10 to Yuma and I'm sure he'll be great in this.
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7:13AM on 08/01/2013

They raid,they kill innocents and then they act like heroes

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7:58AM on 08/01/2013
you talk, you sound like an asshole and then you think you are clever.
you talk, you sound like an asshole and then you think you are clever.
7:13AM on 08/01/2013
Thank god for America keeping us all save from the big bad terrorists that they helped train and fund.

Just kidding. But seriously this looks like a piece of crap to (a non-American like) me.
Thank god for America keeping us all save from the big bad terrorists that they helped train and fund.

Just kidding. But seriously this looks like a piece of crap to (a non-American like) me.
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9:27AM on 08/01/2013
And me!
And me!
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5:46AM on 08/01/2013
Looks very good and will probably catch it on DVD but was the kid really allowed to go in reality? Bad Taliban...didn't thank them by letting them leave in return...bad Taliban! Though, should I ever be captured by American Marines, I hope their moral compasses are just as good as 3 of the 4 guys here Ė One of them seemed like he was prepared to shoot the kid (hey, some realistic thoughts need to be added to a movie based on a true event, eh?).
Looks very good and will probably catch it on DVD but was the kid really allowed to go in reality? Bad Taliban...didn't thank them by letting them leave in return...bad Taliban! Though, should I ever be captured by American Marines, I hope their moral compasses are just as good as 3 of the 4 guys here Ė One of them seemed like he was prepared to shoot the kid (hey, some realistic thoughts need to be added to a movie based on a true event, eh?).
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1:50AM on 08/01/2013
Looks a bit like a contest: Which actor got more facial hair on himself at the end of the shoot?
Looks a bit like a contest: Which actor got more facial hair on himself at the end of the shoot?
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1:38AM on 08/01/2013
Where's the film shot anyway??
Where's the film shot anyway??
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12:23AM on 08/01/2013

Aw Ain't That Cute

Let's keep pretending we let the innocent live.

But great actors....sure it will be a quality movie.
Let's keep pretending we let the innocent live.

But great actors....sure it will be a quality movie.
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9:36AM on 08/01/2013
I do not even know where to debate you on this topic.
I do not even know where to debate you on this topic.
11:25PM on 07/31/2013

Looks fantastic

This looks terrific and could be a sleeper around award season.

Someone said before they are happy about all the positive comments and as am I. Whatever your politics may be I think you can see this as a great movie and a great way to honor those brave men who lost to lives. Salute to them.

I'm also glad to see no negative Taylor Kitsch posts, because I believe he's going to own in this as will Foster and Wahlberg but those were givens.
This looks terrific and could be a sleeper around award season.

Someone said before they are happy about all the positive comments and as am I. Whatever your politics may be I think you can see this as a great movie and a great way to honor those brave men who lost to lives. Salute to them.

I'm also glad to see no negative Taylor Kitsch posts, because I believe he's going to own in this as will Foster and Wahlberg but those were givens.
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11:16PM on 07/31/2013

Can't wait for this...

Peter Berg also did The Kingdom too and was an understudy (so to speak) of Michael Mann so I'm all good here.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, Very Bad Things was the original "twisted" version of The Hangover...
Peter Berg also did The Kingdom too and was an understudy (so to speak) of Michael Mann so I'm all good here.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, Very Bad Things was the original "twisted" version of The Hangover...
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11:16PM on 07/31/2013

Niceee...

Looks really awesome. I love ben foster hes an awesome under rated actor.
Looks really awesome. I love ben foster hes an awesome under rated actor.
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11:06PM on 07/31/2013

Can't wait for this...

Peter Berg also did The Kingdom too and was an understudy (so to speak) of Michael Mann so I'm all good here.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, Very Bad Things was the original "twisted" version of The Hangover...
Peter Berg also did The Kingdom too and was an understudy (so to speak) of Michael Mann so I'm all good here.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, Very Bad Things was the original "twisted" version of The Hangover...
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10:02PM on 07/31/2013
It does look good. Besides a realistic depiction of good situations gone bad, Black Hawk Down also put on display good chemistry among its cast, which does seem to be present in this film as well. Peter Berg is not a bad director, "make a movie like Michael Bay" was pretty much a studio mandate for Battleship. And nice use of "Heroes" as the trailer music.
It does look good. Besides a realistic depiction of good situations gone bad, Black Hawk Down also put on display good chemistry among its cast, which does seem to be present in this film as well. Peter Berg is not a bad director, "make a movie like Michael Bay" was pretty much a studio mandate for Battleship. And nice use of "Heroes" as the trailer music.
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7:45PM on 07/31/2013
Looks great and I am glad to see the comments here are more positive. On YT, it was pretty annoying to see the amount of "this film is propaganda!" comments. The movie itself, no matter what your politics are, looks great. Love the cast.
Looks great and I am glad to see the comments here are more positive. On YT, it was pretty annoying to see the amount of "this film is propaganda!" comments. The movie itself, no matter what your politics are, looks great. Love the cast.
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7:42PM on 07/31/2013
Ben Foster is so fucking underrated.
Ben Foster is so fucking underrated.
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7:03PM on 07/31/2013
Battleship was a well made bad idea. But if Battleship was the price we had to pay for Berg to be able to get this film funded, it was worth it.
Battleship was a well made bad idea. But if Battleship was the price we had to pay for Berg to be able to get this film funded, it was worth it.
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6:43PM on 07/31/2013
The books is great, and this trailer makes me think the movie will be great as well.
The books is great, and this trailer makes me think the movie will be great as well.
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6:40PM on 07/31/2013
Peter Berg can direct great movies, no question about it. This looks excellent.
Peter Berg can direct great movies, no question about it. This looks excellent.
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6:40PM on 07/31/2013
Looks good. Peter Berg is more hit than miss, his movie "the Kingdom" was pretty solid as well!
Looks good. Peter Berg is more hit than miss, his movie "the Kingdom" was pretty solid as well!
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6:12PM on 07/31/2013

Looking forward to it; great book.

I recommend reading the book. Outside of the shallow and useless pro-Bush comments (because politics in this story really had no place. Period. Even if he was pro-Anyone), it was a fantastic read. Hard to believe what that guy went through.
I recommend reading the book. Outside of the shallow and useless pro-Bush comments (because politics in this story really had no place. Period. Even if he was pro-Anyone), it was a fantastic read. Hard to believe what that guy went through.
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6:42PM on 07/31/2013
well it is his book, so if he wants to write his political views in his own work, I don't see the problem.
well it is his book, so if he wants to write his political views in his own work, I don't see the problem.
6:04PM on 07/31/2013

Great trailer, but...

... Is the title a spoiler?
... Is the title a spoiler?
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6:02PM on 07/31/2013

I'm Sold

Opening Night. I'm there. If it's not too cheesy, I'm probably crying a little, too.
Opening Night. I'm there. If it's not too cheesy, I'm probably crying a little, too.
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10:41PM on 07/31/2013
The book brought tears to my eyes. Powerful stuff and very inspiring.
The book brought tears to my eyes. Powerful stuff and very inspiring.
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5:54PM on 07/31/2013

Battleship was goofy.....

....but it was fun. It was a step above all the "bad" big budget movies I've seen, and was enjoyable because it didn't take itself seriously. Given the premise he had to work with (aliens and a board game based on retired ships), I thought it was the best anyone could expect.

Lone Survivor is an amazing story and while not my favorite director, I trust Berg to do an good job at being faithful to the tone of the story and respectful to the soldiers who gave their lives. It should be a
....but it was fun. It was a step above all the "bad" big budget movies I've seen, and was enjoyable because it didn't take itself seriously. Given the premise he had to work with (aliens and a board game based on retired ships), I thought it was the best anyone could expect.

Lone Survivor is an amazing story and while not my favorite director, I trust Berg to do an good job at being faithful to the tone of the story and respectful to the soldiers who gave their lives. It should be a great movie for that genre.
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5:50PM on 07/31/2013

Great Story

I read the book this is based on a few months ago. Great read based on the unbelievable true story of the one SEAL who survived. Can not wait for this and the film adaptation of American Sniper...
I read the book this is based on a few months ago. Great read based on the unbelievable true story of the one SEAL who survived. Can not wait for this and the film adaptation of American Sniper...
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11:18PM on 08/01/2013
um, hasnt Tom Berenger been making those movies back in the days?
um, hasnt Tom Berenger been making those movies back in the days?
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5:48PM on 07/31/2013
I love the summer blockbusters and comic-book movies as much as the next guy. But after seeing trailers the past few weeks for movies like this, America Hustle, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 12 years a Slave, etc, is it wrong that I'm more excited for December than next summer?
I love the summer blockbusters and comic-book movies as much as the next guy. But after seeing trailers the past few weeks for movies like this, America Hustle, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 12 years a Slave, etc, is it wrong that I'm more excited for December than next summer?
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5:44PM on 07/31/2013

Looks Good

I liked what I saw. Christmas is going to be full of movies to see this year with this, American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin.

PS - I didn't think Battleship was as bad as everyone said. It's not great but, for what it is, it works... mostly.

Extra Tidbit - I love the ending when the camera is pulling away as the character is screaming. Funny.
I liked what I saw. Christmas is going to be full of movies to see this year with this, American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin.

PS - I didn't think Battleship was as bad as everyone said. It's not great but, for what it is, it works... mostly.

Extra Tidbit - I love the ending when the camera is pulling away as the character is screaming. Funny.
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5:44PM on 07/31/2013
Looks amazing, with some great attention to detail.
Looks amazing, with some great attention to detail.
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5:38PM on 07/31/2013
Looks terrific with a powerful cast. Great trailer and it looks like it has a ton of heart in it between all the characters.

Will definitely be checking this one out for sure.
Looks terrific with a powerful cast. Great trailer and it looks like it has a ton of heart in it between all the characters.

Will definitely be checking this one out for sure.
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