July 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm #106926
The film is based on the real events and book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and will star Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Alexander Ludwig. It is set to have a limited release on December 27, 2013 and have a wide release on January 10, 2014.July 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm #106928
The director is Peter Berg, of The Kingdom, Hancock and Battleship, which makes me doubt that it is a serious Oscar contender or for that matter going to be noteworthy otherwise.July 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm #106929
^I pretty much agree, but early word was that Wahlberg’s performance is one to consider.July 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm #106930
Maybe because ZD30 had some luck the same weekend this year for its wide release + hoping to qualify Wahlberg in what early on looks like a very tough year would make this more logical.
Peter Berg makes OK commercial movies, has shown some intelligence, but he doesn’t seem to have much gravitas.October 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm #106931
This screened last night
Also on hand for the Academy screening were Berg, star Taylor Kitsch and real-life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who received a standing ovation at the gala.
The acting ensemble is strong and BTL work is notable, including cinematography, editing, sound and makeup.
The question for “Lone Survivor,” as it pertains to the business of this outlet, is whether it’s an awards movie or not. Universal Pictures announced in June that the film would be platformed beginning in late December before going wide in January in order to qualify for the Oscar race, but it seems a curious play. The film is a technical marvel in many ways, particularly aurally: the sound branch will certainly be considering it heavily. And the makeup, as well, depicting the gruesome effects of SEALs’ tribulations during the aforementioned firefight sequence is quite worthy. Berg deftly handles the material, too, though it’s hard to pin-point a stand-out in the ensemble. Foster was a personal favorite (also great this year in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”).October 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm #106932
Reactions don’t really change my predicts much other then also putting Lone in Sound Mixing, instead of just Sound Editing.October 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm #106933November 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm #106934
November 12, 2013 | 9:32 PM Read story at TheWrapNovember 14, 2013 at 9:23 am #106935
I saw this on Tuesday. I really like a lot of Peter Berg’s style. He does a really good job of showing a chaotic situation without his camerawork or editing ever becoming chaotic. He’s very effective in showing the intense physicality of this combat situation.
However, the graphic brutality of the film seems a bit unnecessary; anyone who thinks “12 Years a Slave” is too violent, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And the progression of the action (firefight to firefight to firefight, and two scenes of falling down rocky hills in slow motion), whether or not factually accurate, do become repetitive and tiresome after two hours.
On the whole, parts of this feel like it’s “Black Hawk Down.” Other parts just feel like “Call of Duty: The Movie.” I don’t think it’ll be an Oscar contender except in a couple of tech categories (the sound really is great in this), but I do hope Berg gets to make more interesting movies like this.November 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm #106936
Funny that people say that 12 Years A Slave was too violent. I actually thought it was quite tame. In several scenes, it avoided being graphic, and only went for it in the climax (which makes sense).November 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm #106937
Funny that people say that 12 Years A Slave was too violent. I actually thought it was quite tame. In several scenes, it avoided being graphic, and only went for it in the climax (which makes sense).
That was the same impression I got with “12 Years.” I think people are responding more to the emotional impact of the violence in that film, which makes me think McQueen did he job well, because except for that one pivotal scene near the end he actively avoids showing gore.
But “Lone Survivor” is straight-up gory. They hired Greg Nicotero from “The Walking Dead” to do the makeup effects. That should give you a pretty good idea of the intensity of it.January 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm #106938
(MILD SPOILERS AHEAD) Caught this earlier tonight and didn’t think much of it. It started off okay, got better during the mid section, and then got kind of sappy by the last act (really? A cute little kid to the rescue? Ugh.). Ben Foster was awesome and the MVP for me. Not just his performance; his character was a badass. Mark Wahlberg was decent, but he had some unintentionally funny line readings in the last act (one involving a duck being mistaken for a knife is one such example). In the war movie sub-genre, you can do much better. I appreciate that it’s based on an incredible true story and it’s one that deserved to be told, I just wish it had been told better. Not bad, not great.January 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm #106939
Sort of a spoiler in your post…
I wasn’t crazy about this either (saw it on a screener) – very TV-ish direction much of the time. Wahlberg is fine, but it seemed a bit overwrought.
Still, don’t be surprised in to be in the top 3 films next weekend (along with Hercules and Frozen most likely).January 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm #106940
Count me in the ‘meh’ club.January 6, 2014 at 12:01 am #106941
@SF- Thanks, I edited my post. And I agree with you on the direction. Also, there were several instances here of really unnecessary slow motion action shots, that it immediately took me out of the film. It almost made me laugh in parts because it was so jarring. I did like the sound design though.