December 1, 2022


Art and Entertainment

Mark Wahlberg’s Violent Taliban Drama Is Trending

By Dan Lawrence
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Marky Mark of the Funky Bunch has occur a lengthy way. At any time given that his breakout film function in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Evenings, Mark Wahlberg has gone to turn out to be a bonafide Hollywood celebrity. One of his lots of action movies, the Taliban war drama Lone Survivor, is now trending on HBO Max. 

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Lone Survivor has been soaring in the HBO Max viewing charts a short while ago, not falling from the top rated 5 most viewed motion pictures on the streaming company all week. The movie is dependent on the real tale of a tragically unsuccessful Navy SEAL operation in Afghanistan in 2005. The aim was to choose out a infamous Taliban chief, but the Exclusive Forces group became hopelessly outnumbered by a swarm of enemy forces. Wahlberg stars as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, and Luttrell’s armed forces compatriots Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz, and Matthew “Axe” Axelson are played by Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster respectively. Eric Bana also stars as Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen.

Lone Survivor is a single of a number of a legitimate to daily life war dramas that came out in a finite period of time. The Mark Wahlberg-starring movie hit theatres on December 25 2013 and in the following year the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, premiered on the big screen. Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Darkish Thirty, which retold the story of Osama bin Laden’s assassination preceded Lone Survivor by a yr and Michael Bay obtained in the act of legitimate-tale war epics with 2016’s 13 Several hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Just about every of these flicks signifies a productive time period of accurate-tale war dramas in American cinema. All four videos obtained Oscar nominations, with both American Sniper and Zero Darkish 30 winning an Academy Award for Sound Modifying, and whilst Lone Survivor only scored a modest all over the world gross of $154 million at the box office, it received a good evaluations from critics, with a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Lone Survivor is just one particular of the several films that Mark Wahlberg has had a star switch in. There of program was his breakout function as pornstar Dirk Diggler in Boogie Evenings, a role which seemingly was initially intended for Leonardo DiCaprio. Wahlberg has starred in lots of tasks considering the fact that, from the Most effective Photograph Oscar-winning The Departed (coincidentally starring previous buddy Leonardo DiCaprio along with Matt Damon), to what critics call his most effective movie, the dim comedy Three Kings. Wahlberg has also starred in large franchise movies these types of as Transformers: Age of Extinction and made audiences laugh in wonderful comedies this sort of as The Other Guys. Wahlberg has properly and certainly founded himself as a functional actor and this is most likely why writer/director/producer of Lone Survivor Peter Berg has had Wahlberg involved in so numerous of his initiatives. 

In addition to Lone Survivor, Peter Berg has directed Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, a disaster epic based mostly on a correct tale of the worst oil spill in American heritage, pursuing an offshore rig explosion. From Deepwater Horizon, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg went on to Patriots Day, another real-tale drama, this time centering on the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. The pair adopted up Patriots Working day with the action flick Mile 22 and Netflix’s 2020 action-comedy buddy cop movie Spenser Confidential. Like Lone Survivor, both Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Working day proved to be vital hits for Berg and Wahlberg, but the exact simply cannot be claimed for Mile 22 and Spenser Confidential, which the two crashed and burned with critics, with the previous struggling a paltry Rotten Tomatoes score of 23% and the latter 37%.

Since Spenser Confidential, both Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have gone different techniques, perhaps in element owing to the bad vital reception of their last two efforts alongside one another. On the other hand, Lone Survivor‘s initial achievement and resurgence on HBO Max is a signal that the pair have the potential to collaborate jointly and produce profitable success, a fact more solidified by Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day. Next up on Mark Wahlberg’s agenda is a comedy staff-up with Kevin Hart following month for Me Time. The duo plays best friends who go on a wild weekend soon after Hart’s character is specified some absolutely free time from his family members. After Me Time, Mark Wahlberg has two even further assignments in post-production Our Guy from Jersey and Arthur the King, as well as The Billion Dollar Gentleman, which is at present in pre-output.