Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor is a dramatic retelling of the 2007 nonfiction novel of the same name by former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. The story centers around the June 2005 Operation Red Wings, in which four marines were tasked with capturing Taliban leader Ahmad Shah as part of the War in Afghanistan.
Best known for films like Friday Night Lights and Hancock, director Peter Berg apparently made an agreement with Universal Studios to direct 2012’s catastrophe Battleship in order to be allowed to make Lone Survivor. Proving just how much of a personal mission this was for Berg, he also took the minimum salary allowed by the DGA for his efforts, and personally interviewed the families of all the Navy SEALs involved in the events. Of course Marcus Luttrell’s account was the genesis of the film and he and the director worked closely, even living together for a month as the film was being made.
Lone survivor stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana. It’s rated 14A. To see what we thought of Lone Survivor, read our review right here.
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