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Mark Wahlberg Takes The Lead In His Third Film From Peter Berg, 'Patriots Day'


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Mark Wahlberg reunites with director Peter Berg for an emotionally challenging new drama about the Boston marathon bombings entitled 'Patriots Day'. It's a film that explores the powerful sense of community in the wake of such a terrifying event, especially in conjunction with a national holiday.

Mark Wahlberg in Patriots DayMark Wahlberg stars in Patriots Day

'Patriots Day' marks the third collaboration between Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, with the former having had the lead role in two other Berg movies: 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Lone Survivor'. It's also not the first time Wahlberg has played a cop, the first time being 2010's 'The Other Guys'. 

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Patriots Day Trailer


On the morning of April 13, 2013 the citizens of Boston city awoke in a good mood, it's Patriots' Day and also the day the Boston marathon is held on. As is usually the case, additional police are asked to put on their uniforms and help with crowd control for the event which is always popular with residents and tourists. 

Tommy Saunders was one of the officers to take to the streets and help police the event. As the race starts, the mood in the crowd is high and all are seen to be having a good time; The sergeant talks to his boss, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and then sees a familiar face in the crowd; his wife Carol be beckons Tommy over and the two begin to have a brief chat before an almighty noise and tremor is unleashed through the streets. 

The police officers on the street run into action and begin to help wounded runners and bystanders. Hundreds of people are on the streets injured and worried; first responders begin treating as many people as possible and sending the injured off to hospital.

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Peter Berg at the 2016 AFI FEST Closing Night Gala screening of Lionsgate's 'Patriots Day' held at El Capitan Theatre and Presented By Audi - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 17th November 2016

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Alex Wolff, Kevin Bacon, Michael Beach, Peter Berg, Michelle Monaghan, James Dumont, Themo Melikidze and Jake Picking

Peter Berg seen at the Lakers home opener. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets by the final score of 120-114 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday October 26, 2016

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Mark Wahlberg, Mike Williams and Peter Berg at the European Premiere of 'Deepwater Horizon' held at Cineworld, Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 26th September 2016

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Hell Or High Water Review

Excellent

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while grappling meaningfully with some very big topics. Set in present-day America, it's a story for today's social climate, but it feels like a classic Western in the way a pair of desperado bank robbers are pursued by a sly detective. It's also beautifully directed and skilfully acted to pull the audience all the way in.

In rural Texas, Tanner (Ben Foster) has just been released from prison when he agrees to help his brother Toby (Chris Pine) stage a series of small bank robberies to earn enough cash to guarantee a future for Toby's sons. Their mother has only recently died, and both are feeling a sense of pointlessness about life, willing to risk everything for a shot at something. But while Toby plans the heists carefully, Tanner is a hothead who continually attracts attention. Sure enough, Ranger Marcus (Jeff Bridges) catches their scent, working with his loyal but sarcastic partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham) to try to get one step ahead of the crimes. And since he's not looking forward to his impending retirement, Marcus is in no hurry.

Thankfully, director David Mackenzie (Starred Up) is in no hurry either, steadily building the suspense with each step in the story, keeping the focus tightly on the characters. This means that several scenes are breathlessly intense. There are so many intriguing things going on here that the film nearly bursts with resonance, from the old-versus-new world themes to the economic reality that has put Toby in this mess to begin with, and the corporate greed that's offering him a way out. Pine and Foster are perfectly cast in these roles, and both deliver layered performances that suggest at a more complex back-story than the one we learn. Opposite them, Bridges is the picture of calm, a terrific role that he seems to glide through effortlessly. But this is a carefully gauged performance that nails the tricky balance between tenacity, intelligence and grit.

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Deepwater Horizon Trailer


Deepwater Horizon is an American disaster film that is based upon the true story of the BP Oil Spill on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico that happened 20th April 2010 claiming the lives of eleven of its employees. Mark Wahlberg is cast as the main protagonist Mike Williams who was the last individual to escape the inferno and this film follows his extraordinary story of how he saved himself and others during the explosion.

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Mark Wahlberg Is 'The Six Billion Dollar Man' (Adjusted, Due To Inflation)


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Mark Wahlberg is teaming up with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for a feature-length version of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man - inflated to The Six BILLION Dollar Man for a modern audience. 

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg [L] teamed up with Peter Berg on Lone Survivor

Wahlberg will play Steve Austin, former astronaut who, after a horrific plane crash, is saved by doctors and fitted with bionic replacements for both legs, his right arm and left eye. Austin suddenly becomes a force to be reckoned with and begins work as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. 

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'Lone Survivor' Leaves Critics Doubting Its Awards Chances: Review Round-Up


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Lone Survivor is director Peter Berg's attempt at turning former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's harrowing tale of survival inside enemy territory into a major motion picture, one that initially looked as though it had a very serious claim for Oscar recognition come March. With the film due for a wide release at the end of January, there were hopes that the new Hurt Locker or Argo had arrived, but in the first round of reviews critics have't been left as blown away as initially hoped.

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Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch star in Lone Survivor

Starring Mark Wahlberg alongside Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, the film recalls the botched 2005 covert mission to neutralised an area in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan that had fallen under the rule of a high-ranking Taliban official. Adapted from the real, best-selling account from Luttrell, played by Wahlberg in the film, the film has so far split movie critics between loving and loathing the it and ultimately its once clear-looking chances of potential Oscar recognition are looking less and less likely.

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Lone Survivor Review


Very Good

The title kind of gives away the ending of this harrowing true story, which is worth a look despite its tendency to exaggerate the heroics. But it's also an unusually well-made military thriller that throws us right into the middle of the chaos with visceral filmmaking. And it's impossible to miss the point that these men rely on each other every moment of every day: they certainly can't survive alone.

The events take place in 2005 Afghanistan, where a Navy Seal team is sent into the mountains to find a feared Taliban leader (Azami). These men are like brothers, with Marcus (Wahlberg) leading Mike, Matt and Danny (Kitsch, Foster and Hirsch), under the command of Erik (Bana) back at the base. As they head out on their mission, everything goes to plan until they run into a group of innocent goatherds. Letting them go will compromise their mission, but it's clearly the right thing to do. And this decision sparks an escalating situation that seems increasingly hopeless.

From the very start, we know these Seals aren't normal soldiers: they undergo especially gruelling training and then bond tightly as colleagues, relying on their ruggedness, tenacity and camaraderie. Which of course allows writer-director Berg to portray them as superheroes. This is a problem, because it reduces the Afghans to faceless, murderous villains, at least until the much more complex final act in which an entire village risks its life to save an injured American soldier. And this strikingly moving sequence is the one we remember much more than the chest-pounding patriotism.

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Was Mark Wahlberg Having A Go At All Actors During His 'Lone Survivor' Rant?


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Mark Wahlberg appeared at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday (12 Nov.) night, where his latest film, Lone Survivor, was given its festival premiere. An adaptation of Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s account of his July 2005 Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan, director Peter Berg has created a harrowing and very real account of life on the front line, but as Wahlberg was keen to point out during his post-screening Q&A with Berg and Luttrell, it was in no way comparable to actually being out in the line of duty.

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Wahlberg with co-stars Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch

Looking distracted for most of the Q&A session, allowing Berg and Luttrell to do most of the talking, he was put on the spot when Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga asked him what the rigorous filming schedule was like. Wahlberg's response was a nearly five-minute rant in which the actor slammed any other thespians who complain about the difficulties they face in their job, and he was especially angry at those who say acting is more difficult than serving your country. His rant, although not directed at anyone whilst he was giving it, has cause a stir as people have put two and two together and gotten Tom Cruise.

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Wait, Could 'Lone Survivor' Win Best Picture At The Oscars?


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While all the talk so far has centered on 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and Captain Phillips, a new and very serious contender for Best Picture at the Oscars has emerged in the form of Peter Berg's Lone Survivor. Based on the war memoir by ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch is an intense visualization of a botched SEALs raid in Afghanistan.

Mark Wahlberg Lone SurvivorMark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell and his team in Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

Berg reportedly underwent SEALs initiation in preparation for the film and - according to the Hollywood Reporter's review- the rigorous training on display is "infectious" early in the film. These guys are the most physically fit, best armed guys in the army with ultra-survival skills. They do let each other down.

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Marcus Luttrell is a member of Navy SEAL Team 10 during a military mission dubbed Operation Red Wings. He and three other SEALs, team leader Lieutenant Mike Murphy, Petty Officer Danny Dietz and Petty Officer Matt Axelson, are charged with reconnaissance and surveillance of brutal Senior Taliban Commander Ahmad Shah and his group of men in the operation which plans to capture or kill him following his killing around 20 marines in the previous weeks. However, it soon becomes obvious that the mission is compromised when Shah's 'small' group of men appears to be more of an army and, when the SEALs attempted to launch a surprise attack on a small group in a nearby woodland, they are forced to liberate them when they realise they are civilians in spite of the obvious danger. When the SEALs find themselves ambushed, they are forced to do everything in their power to protect one another.

'Lone Survivor' is a new war drama based on a true story documented in the book 'Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10' by the real Marcus Luttrell. It has been directed and written by Peter Berg ('Hancock', 'The Kingdom', 'Battleship') and is set for UK release on February 21st 2014.

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Alexander Skarsgard and Peter Berg - Alexander Skarsgard, Brookyln Decker and Peter Berg Saturday 17th March 2012 Wondercon 2012 - 'Battlefield' press conference

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Peter Berg (center) and Peter Berg Sunday 4th October 2009 'A Night Of Honor' to benefit the Iraq Star Foundation at the Universal City Hilton Los Angeles, California

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Patriots Day Trailer

Patriots Day Trailer

On the morning of April 13, 2013 the citizens of Boston city awoke in a...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

Deepwater Horizon Trailer

Deepwater Horizon Trailer

Deepwater Horizon is an American disaster film that is based upon the true story of...

Lone Survivor Movie Review

Lone Survivor Movie Review

The title kind of gives away the ending of this harrowing true story, which is...

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Lone Survivor Trailer

Lone Survivor Trailer

Marcus Luttrell is a member of Navy SEAL Team 10 during a military mission dubbed...

Battleship Movie Review

Battleship Movie Review

You'd have to go back to 1998's Armageddon to find another film that so adeptly...

Battleship Trailer

Battleship Trailer

The ocean is vast. Many parts of it are unexplored by man; those parts make...

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Movie Review

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Movie Review

There's a zing of postmodern fun to be had while watching a film that documents...

The Losers Movie Review

The Losers Movie Review

Raucous and colourful, this comical action flick should be great fun, but a lack of...

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The Kingdom (2007) Movie Review

The Kingdom (2007) Movie Review

Peter Berg's The Kingdom will either rally those in the theater or piss off every...

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The Kingdom Trailer

Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx leads an all-star ensemble in a timely thriller that tracks...

Smokin' Aces Movie Review

Smokin' Aces Movie Review

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Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Vegas card sharp come gangster and former member...

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