A respectable and accomplished film that honors those who died in the BP oil spill. I think this is a step forward for Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg is nicely taking on Tom Hanks-like roles. I do think they could have gone more in-depth about what happened after the spill, it feels too short.
Big budget take on a 2010 oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana provides some exhilarating moments at times but perhaps needed a little more controversy in looking at the reasons why it happened. Film provides some black hat villains but seems shy to truly expose the oil company's greed and neglect. Performances are mostly one note its the effects that carry this one.
Inevitably will find itself contrasted with Sully in the way that it lacks the evident PTSD-angle it could've easily taken in the middle of the film by starting the oil-rig disaster earlier and showing Wahlberg's character coping the rest of the film. Having said that, a disaster film, it's about what you want - equal parts thrilling, emotional without being too mawkish, and respectful without being too patronizing.
The climactic scene in which a hundred deep-sea drillers drop to their knees and recite the Lord's Prayer could easily be seen as Peter Berg and company pandering to Middle America, but it also effectively underscores how these men and women have spent the last hour trapped in a fiery Inferno. Quietly, and without much recognition from cineastes or mainstream audiences, Berg has become one of our best filmmakers.
I'm only impressed with how comically Kurt Russell blows off in bathroom. And I'm surprised the deep brown liquids which erupt in trailer is not oil but just muddy water, which looks like more dangerous than the oil actually.