Undoubtedly, Mark Wahlberg is a household name in America. However, he is recently garnering more attention with his roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Lone Survivor by Peter Berg. One of his many action films, the Taliban war drama Lone Survivor, is now highly trending and incredibly preferred among viewers.
Lone Survivor has been rising in the HBO Max viewing charts; lately, the movie stands on the list of the top five most watched movies on the streaming service.
Lone Survivor – A Revolutionary War Drama
The film is based on the real story of a terribly botched Navy SEAL operation in Afghanistan in 2005. The Navy initiated the operation intending to take out a notorious Taliban leader. However, the enemy forces surpassed the miliatry by huge numbers.
The movie stars Wahlberg as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster, play the roles of Luttrell’s military nationals Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz, and Matthew Axelson respectively. Eric Bana also appears in the movie as Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen.
Lone Survivor is one of the best life war dramas produced, directed and filmed within a short period. This Mark Wahlberg-starring film was released on December 25 2013.
Lone Survivor was a commercial success and recorded an uncertain worldwide gross of $154 million at the box office. I alsot received positive reviews from critics and a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Role of Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor is one of the biggest hits of Wahleberg’s career.. Apart from this, his role as pornstar Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights, also cemented his path to stardom and critical praise.
Mark Wahlberg is one of the finest Hollywood actors who has appeared in various projects ranging from the Best Picture Oscar-winning movie The Departed to what critics call his best movie, the dark comedy Three Kings.
The actor has also featured in massive franchise movies such as Transformers: Age of Extinction and made viewers laugh with his comedic roles in The Other Guys.
Wahlberg has established himself as an adaptable actor, who knows how to live the role and breathe life into the fictional character. This is probably why the director and producer of Lone Survivor, Peter Berg, castMark in so many of his projects.
In addition, to Lone Survivor, Peter Berg has directed Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, a tragedy epic based on the true story of the worst oil spill in American history after an offshore rig flareup.
From Deepwater Horizon, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg went on to make Patriots Day, another real-based drama focusing on the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon. Patriots Day was followed by the action flick Mile 22 and Netflix’s 2020 action-comedy buddy cop movie Spenser Confidential. Like Lone Survivor, both Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day proved to be critical hits for Berg and Wahlberg.
Lone Survivor’s colossal success and renaissance on HBO Max is evident that this pair can collaborate and produce winning results.
Fun Facts About ‘lone Survivor’
Real armed forces were cast to make the film look as authentic as possible..
Several investors were willing to put in at least a million dollars to make the movie ‘Lone Survivor’.
Marcus Luttrell, on whom the story is based, can be found in the movie playing a minor role. He’s the SEAL that trips the coffee and tells the rookies to clean it up.
Marcus is credited as ‘Navy Seal (uncredited)’. His character is ‘Frank’ or ‘Frankie’. He appeared another time riding the helicopter, that was sent to rescue the team but was ultimatly shot down, killing everyone on board.
Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross by former President George W. Bush, and Lieutenant Michael Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg read the chronicle alone in one sitting in a locked conference room.