Berg's Lone Survivor trailer adapted from harrowing true story
Peter Berg's next film does not involve giant robots, nor is it like Transformers at sea, nor is it adapting a board game and stretching the concept so far from the original it's unrecognisable. No, his next film is adapting the true story of a Navy Seal team and their disastrous mission to take down a Taliban commander.
The trailer for Lone Survivor looks powerful and intense, reminding me a little of the film I saw recently called Special Forces (Forces Spéciales) (Filmstalker review) but better.
I like what Peter Berg can deliver and having written the script for the film adapting it from the book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which was written by Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of the team from that mission.
That in itself is a powerful base for a film but then add in the actors that are lined up include Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg and we could be in for a good film. Well okay there are a few names in there that might not inspire everyone but that's still a good cast list.
Here's the blurb from the novel which covers the plot of the film as well:
In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al-Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive.
This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing. Blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing, Luttrell endured four desperate days fighting the al-Qaeda assassins sent to kill him, before finding unlikely sanctuary with a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.
I say that the book plot covers the film too because often things change when the real life story comes to the big screen, or even the small screen, but so far it looks like Peter Berg is keeping it close to the actual story. It will be interesting to see how that holds up through the film itself.