The brutal Mark Wahlberg movie flying up the Netflix charts
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The brutal Mark Wahlberg movie flying up the Netflix charts

Cinema history is littered with actor/director partnership who work together for the first time and have such a great experience they decide to make it a recurring habit, with Mark Wahlberg decades into his career before he found his own creative muse.

The actor made his screen debut in the 1990’s following his stint as the frontman of the Funky Bunch, where he’d work solidly and cross paths with some of the biggest directors and most lauded stars in the business. However, when he encountered Peter Berg for the first time on 2013’s biographical war thriller Lone Survivor, it marked the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, with the film retelling the story of the soldier’s Navy SEAL unit being deployed on a surveillance mission to take out a Taliban leader. However, when local militia becomes alerted to their presence, the four-man squad are plunged headlong into an increasingly desperate battle for survival.

The first act of Lone Survivor is all about fleshing out the characters played by Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster while relaying audiences of their mission and its potential stakes, but once the bullets start flying they don’t stop. From the second that first shot rings out, the movie evolves into a relentless and nerve-shredding cacophony of chaos, resulting in a visceral action thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

It’s been more than a decade since Lone Survivor hit cinemas, recouped its $40 million production budget almost four times over at the box office, and earned two Academy Award nominations for ‘Best Sound Editing’ and ‘Best Sound Mixing’, but the lure of a big star like Wahlberg and an intense bullet-riddled actioner has seen it embark on a second wind as one of Netflix’s most-watched titles.

Berg’s first feature with what appears to be his semi-permanent leading man is currently the seventh top-viewed film among the streaming service’s subscribers in the United Kingdom, and Lone Survivor is arguably the best of their pictures together to date.

In fact, Berg hasn’t made a movie without Wahlberg in the central role since Lone Survivor, with the pair reuniting for two more true stories in disaster drama Deepwater Horizon and Boston bombing story Patriot’s Day, before heading down a more fictitious route in Mile 22 and Spenser Confidential, the latter of which became one of Netflix’s biggest-ever hits after premiering in March 2020.