Based on the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood is cashing in once again on disaster and the effect by the trailer alone is, surprisingly, stirring. Peter Berg isn’t known for doing much in the way of subtlety in his filmmaking so the film could go one way or the other in terms of being purely action spectacle or finding the heart in the crew who faced the impossible and improbable on that fateful night.
What cannot be ignored is the stellar cast surrounding leading man Mark Wahlberg. Hollywood pros Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and John Malkovich star in the film along with fresher talents with Dylan O’Brien and Gina Rodriguez (who it would have been nice to see in the trailer itself…)
It’s an effective trailer that refuses to give up too much footage of the disaster itself, hinting at the tragedy to come. Hopefully that deftness will cross over to the film itself.
Deepwater Horizon arrives in theaters September 30th, 2016.
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.
Summit Entertainment and Participant Media present a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Closest to the Hole / Leverage Entertainment production, a Peter Berg film. The film is directed by Peter Berg from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand and from a screen story by Matthew Sand. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg, Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell, Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich, Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson.