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Mark Wahlberg's 'Lone Survivor' Joining The Oscar Fray With An Awards Season Run Scheduled

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 4, 2013 7:19 PM
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When Peter Berg's upcoming war drama "Lone Survivor" was recently given a January 10, 2014 release date, we have to admit, we immediately figured it to be another Mark Wahlberg, early winter programmer (see "Contraband" and "Broken City") and we put it in the back of our minds. But now, it looks like we'll have to sit up and pay a bit of attention as this could be mixing it up in the awards season race.

Universal has decided to give the movie a New York and Los Angeles run starting on December 27th, before it platforms out to other cities. So does this one have the goods? Well, it has a helluva cast with Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana joining Wahlberg in the true story tale based on the 2005 incident that found Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his team under attack from Taliban forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The team was on a mission to kill a terrorist leader very close to Osama Bin Laden, and along the way they ran into three kids and an old man, who under the rules of engagement they could have killed. They let them go, and the team was suddenly under fire from 250 heavily armed Al Qaeda soldiers (they even brought down a rescue helicopter that came in to try and evacuate the SEAL team).

So perhaps it's not surprising to hear that studio head Adam Fogelson told industry folks at CinemaCon that the the flick is "soulful, gritty, tough, emotional and, quite frankly, remarkable.” The picture joins Ron Howard's "Rush" as part of the studio's Oscar slate this year, so one more to keep an eye on as the second half of the year heats up. From "Battleship" to Best Picture for Berg? We'll see. [Deadline]

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  • Janhoff | June 5, 2013 3:20 AMReply

    The thing with Peter Berg is that, I feel like he is a film-maker who hasn't truly realized his potential yet. When I see his movies, I see some shades of greatness in it (watch "The Kingdom") but then at some point, he just lets it go and the movie goes down a few notches. So I am hoping "Lone Survivor" is the movie that will have us see him finally realize his potential.

  • BEF | June 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    That's exactly why the hour time frame made his pilot for "Friday Night Lights" one of the best pilots of all time ... no third act to muddle.

  • Anthony | June 4, 2013 11:15 PMReply

    Really? You say they didn't kill the old man and children like that is something that should be commended. Love me some American propaganda.

  • Emily | June 5, 2013 1:00 PM

    Exactly BEF. It's too bad ZD30 did so well. We can expect same BS every awards season for the next few years. And powerful people too to present the Best Picture Oscar. Movies (big ones at least) are getting way too close with power to be any good.

  • BEF | June 5, 2013 12:48 PM

    Yes, this does sound misguided ... the story of a group of soldiers who didn't kill an old man and child like they should have -- because everyone is a terrorist in the Middle East, and everyone will kill you, and you can't trust any of them ... this really does seem like a fan the flames movie, but the studio is looking at the success of ZD30 around Christmas and thinking bullseye.

  • Emily | June 5, 2013 12:12 PM

    Grow a conscience please. U.S. involvement causes terrorism. It basic logic. Nearly every single act, the perpetrators have cited U.S. involvement as their motivation. 1 + 1 = 2. Duh.

  • Emily | June 4, 2013 11:06 PMReply

    Ya hoo! A war movie made by a big studio that will whitewash the U.S.'s war on terror! Looks like it'll 'mix up the awards season'? Playlist, I wish you could just report the news on these propaganda movies and not add flame to the awards "buzz". Can you try and do that, please?

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