Six years ago, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig resulted in one of the largest environmental disasters in history, dumping an estimated 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. 11 people were killed in the accident, which was caused by negligence and a series of cost-cutting decisions on the part of BP and Halliburton, and the effects of the oil spill are still being felt to this day.
Now, the event is getting the big-screen treatment in the aptly-named Deepwater Horizon, which finds director Peter Berg reteaming with his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg for another extraordinary tale of heroism. The film’s official synopsis promises to chronicle the “extreme moments of bravery and survival” as an electrician (Wahlberg) tries to help other staff members escape the burning rig. You can check out the new Deepwater Horizon trailer below.
Berg is a solid filmmaker, and he seems to work well alongside Wahlberg, but this film seems to be conveniently positioning itself to avoid some of the larger, more controversial issues that created the disaster in the first place - not to mention the subsequent legal battle that stretched out over the next several years. I would be far more interested in exploring those broader themes, because as it stands, this feels like the same kind of “everyman saves the day” tale we’ve seen numerous times before.
That being said, I don’t expect this to be a one-man show, especially when the supporting cast includes Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and Kate Hudson. That kind of lineup alone is enough to get my attention – I’m just hoping there’s something more to this film than what the trailer indicates.
Deepwater Horizon will hit theaters on September 30.
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