J.J. Abrams on Peter Berg, Director of “Lone Survivor”

Variety – November 13, 2013

Lone Survivor,” Peter Berg‘s latest and most accomplished film, begins with the bond: a montage of men — physical specimens all, determined, superhumanly tireless — enduring brutal Navy SEAL training. They pledge not just to country, but to each other. It is this bond that is agonizingly tested over the course of this tense and harrowing film.

Directing from his own screenplay (based on the book), Berg unflinchingly depicts a mission in the Afghanistan mountains that goes horribly sideways. Berg is in full command, utilizing myriad techniques to put the viewer in warriors’ boots. The performances are raw and affecting, the battle scenes terrifying, and all the more painful because its true.

Berg makes us all witness to the hell of war, and by doing so, he creates another type of bond, between the viewer and the hearts and souls of those who make the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” helmer Abrams is already at work on 2015’s “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

by Variety Staff