WHEN FACED WITH OUR DARKEST HOUR, HOPE IS NOT A TACTIC.
In 2010, Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his crew end up fighting for their lives when an explosion blows through the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, stationed in the Gulf of Mexico. Based on a New York Times article that chronicled the oil rig’s final hours, this film is another one of Peter Berg’s heroic tales about Men Fighting on the Frontline. Focus lies squarely on the spectacle of this worst oil spill in U.S. history and the film doesn’t care too much about its characters or the responsibility of energy giant BP (even if they are portrayed as bad guys). But as a straightforward depiction of the explosion, it works.
2016-U.S. 107 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Peter Berg. Cast: Mark Wahlberg (Mike Williams) Kurt Russell (Jimmy Harrell), John Malkovich (Donald Vidrine), Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien… Peter Berg.
Trivia: Emma Stone was allegedly considered for a role.