The dramatization of 2010’s and considered the worst oil rig disaster in US history.
“If cement is compromised, everything is compromised.”
Loud explosions, the tension, fast and detailed surges that makes the whole drama a total nail-biter and that makes this tragedy-inspired film stunning. Its that kind of story wherein you already know what will happen but still, you will prefer to sit through it.
Peter Berg‘s ability to assemble, to execute and to control an imminent danger in his movies is very-well adjusted in this other piece of him, and as usual, once he hit the trigger you can never look away from your screen.
“You’re not going to die. Trust me.”
It’s also pretty interesting to know magic behind its rig, the fact that they constructed on what could be one of the biggest, if not, the biggest practical effect set ever created and with the help of ILM (Industrial Light and Magic), which is actually one of the leading VFX provider, what we received is a disaster thriller that is entertaining as watching a Battleship movie with all of those flares.
Nevertheless, despite the awesomeness brought by its special effects, it cannot be denied the feeling of despair you have after watching the film, its a real life tragedy after all, and the part where a roll call is being done to check the survivors of the wreckage is one of the highlights of the movie, as the names of the victims somehow went deep into the hearts of its viewers.
“I don’t know if it’s stupid but it ain’t smart.”
Director: Peter Berg (Battleship 2012 ; Lone Survivor 2013)
Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg ; Kurt Russell ; Gina Rodriguez ; John Malkovich
Genre: Drama ; Thriller ; Biopic
Release Year: 2016
- An oil rig was actually built for the movie in a abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park in Louisiana.
- The size of the oil rig set piece is 75 feet high, 150 feet wide and 170 feet long.
- Graham McGinnis, the actor playing the role of a Coast Guard Lieutenant is an actual active duty Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer deployed at USCG Airstation New Orleans.
- Mark Wahlberg‘s sixth movie that is based on a true story.
- In reality, the fire lasted for 2 days, until the rig sank and then the oil continued to leak into Gulf of Mexico for 87 days until it was finally covered.