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Director Peter Berg has been talking about making a feature adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s nonfiction war story Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 since 2007, and while one might have thought this project would have continued to sit on the backburner after Kathryn Bigelow amassed critical acclaim with that other Navy SEAL movie, Zero Dark Thirty, Berg followed through with it. Now we have our first look at the film with the above trailer, via Moviefone, and if I may shoot first and ask questions later, this looks like it’ll be a pretty solid flick. Maybe not “Bin Laden is dead!” solid, but still.
The focus of Lone Survivoris a Navy SEAL team’s attempts to capture or kill senior Taliban commander Ahmad Shahd for a mission titled “Operation Red Wings” (Notice that difference between the mission title and the title of the book? You can find more of the book’s discrepancies here). A bearded and chubby Mark Wahlberg stars as the soldier/author Luttrell, and he’s joined by an all-star squad that also includes Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig and Eric Bana. While their mission appears to be fairly cut and dry, it’s soon discovered their target is among a population much larger than the military originally assumed. To make matters worse, the four-man team sent to complete the mission stumbles upon a seemingly innocent old man and a young boy who threaten to derail an already troublesome operation.
By letting them go, a mass attack is imminent, and the four men must try and survive against an army hundreds strong. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that the title of the movie is a good sign for how it’s going to end. The increasingly bloodied and injured shots of the men in the trailer make that even more obvious. Ben Foster’s face is gruesome enough to warrant a role as an extra on The Walking Dead.
This doesn't look like it will be a groundbreaking movie, though it should be a stark improvement over Berg’s last film, 2012’s trite trope-fest Battleship. It’s rated R, so hopefully we’ll get a longer, more expletive-filled version of Ludwig’s “Frogman’s Ballad” shown at the beginning of the trailer.
Lone Survivor is set for a limited release on December 27 before opening nationwide on January 10, 2014. Check out the official theatrical poster below, as well as a few of the film’s official stills. You can find the rest on Moviefone.