Universal has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor. The film centers on four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. This behind-the-scenes featurette explains the real story behind the film, and the ethos of the SEALs. There’s a heavy emphasis on brotherhood and fighting for the sake of the man next to you. The tragic aspect is that at the end, there was only the “lone survivor”, Marcus Luttrell, who went on to write about his experiences, and his book became the basis for the movie. It looks like Berg has tried to create a film in the vein of Black Hawk Down, and I hope he’s succeeded.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor will premiere at AFI Fest, open in limited release on December 27th, and go wide on January 10, 2014.
Here’s the official synopsis for Lone Suvivor:
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir “Lone Survivor,” whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the SEAL team are Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.
Lone Survivor is written and directed by Peter Berg, who again crafts a striking portrait of the unbreakable bonds between men that he first explored in Friday Night Lights.