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New Trailer & Photos Of Peter Berg's Heroism Drama 'Lone Survivor' Which Could Be An Oscar Contender

by Edward Davis
November 8, 2013 2:26 PM
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Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana was a bit of a question mark earlier in the year, but it's already already garnering positive survival narrative comparisons to solid pictures that have already screened this year like "Gravity," "Captain Phillips," "All Is Lost" and "12 Years A Slave" (that's pretty terrific company to be in). What's more, while reviews aren't out yet, the movie has screened for press, and critics seem to be impressed. Jeffrey Wells has called it a surreal, exhilarating nightmare, and while Oscar blogger Scott Feinberg hasn't seen it yet, the good notices from critics who have seen it have popped it up on his Oscar radar (we'll see if it charts on our own analysis next week).

For research, director Peter Berg deployed in early 2010 with a SEAL platoon in Iraq near Syria's border. "It really helped me get ready to write the screenplay," the filmmaker told the L.A. Times. "These are really funny guys who love to joke. They are in love with their jobs and with each other and very clear-eyed about their jobs and their mission. I've never met guys more focused on doing their jobs as best as they could."

Why all the survival movies this fall? It was a conspiracy, naturally. "Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuarón J. C. Chandor and I... we all got together in a secret ceremony on a road outside of Vegas at 4 a.m., and we made a vow that we would all do survival films,” Berg quipped to the NY Times. A new trailer and photos below. "Lone Survivor" hits select theaters December 27th and then goes wide January 10, 2014.

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  • Avi | November 10, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    Why so many pictures that give away spoilers!?!?!?

  • I seriously hope you guys ross douthat | November 10, 2013 6:45 AMReply

    Haha, um, no, this is not an Oscar contender. Maybe for sound design or something. It nails the sound of bones breaking. Or perhaps if there is a special sarcastic 'Best Texan Accent' award for Wahlberg. The combat scenes are effective but 'surreal'? I am not sure Wells knows what he is talking about.

  • Jeff | November 10, 2013 3:14 AMReply

    Not propaganda Dixie.
    Read the book. He did all he could to survive and he was mighty lucky.
    I can't stand all the America is great bullshit and I don't think is that.
    Can't wait to watch it.

  • Aksel | November 9, 2013 5:14 AMReply

    Another f***king American Propaganda film?? Don't you have enough of that?

  • Aksel 2 | November 9, 2013 1:10 PM


  • cpj | November 8, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    Sarah please read the book then write what you want.

  • Leigh Richert | November 8, 2013 3:21 PMReply

    Did you just use the words "Peter Berg" and "Oscar Contender" in the same sentence? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael | November 8, 2013 7:50 PM

    Peter Berg is an extremely talented director who has mostly made not-great films. But 2004's Friday Night Lights is one of the best films of the 2000s, and Berg's direction was a huge influence, whether conscious or unconscious, on many of the film that have come out in the decade since.

  • Sarah | November 8, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Yeah, it's real "heroic" to invade one of the poorest countries on earth and commit mass slaughter while propping these war criminals as "noble" and "brave." How vomitous.

  • Alex | November 11, 2013 8:26 AM

    First of all, you are offering a simple minded interpretation of the American/ANA mission in Afghanistan. That is obvious to anyone with critical thinking skills. Secondly, read the book, or just research Operation Red Wings. The SEAL team was discovered by unarmed goat herders, they let them go, and the goat herders immediately turned them into the Taliban. Luttrell, the lone survivor, was rescued by a pro-American village and has since done his best to repay that debt with all he has. You literally have no idea what you're talking about.

  • Lou | November 8, 2013 4:05 PM

    Ugh. Take that shit elsewhere, Sarah.

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