REVIEW: Peter Berg excels in his portrayal of oil rig disaster


On April 20th 2010 disaster struck on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The horrendous tragedy shook the world, costing 11 lives and becoming one of the world’s largest man-made disasters.

Director Peter Berg’s gripping tale honours the story of the brave men and women on board the rig. 

The film follows Mike Williams, brought to life by Mark Wahlberg, the chief electronics technician heading off to the rig, leaving behind his family life. Once on board, suggestion of trouble occurs through BP’s ruthless executive played by John Malkovich who is insistent on a drilling operation despite the faulty equipment and uncompleted checks. 

Sure enough before long the workers are fighting for their lives amongst fire and destruction. Capturing the panic and terror, Berg creates an impactful portrayal of the people caught in the flames without becoming sentimental and cheesy. 

Berg ensures that we feel a rage towards BP with the blame laid squarely at the company’s door throughout the film. His anger at the greedy corporate comes across loud and clear and highlights the full horror of this catastrophe. 

It’s nail-biting, realistic and is a fitting tribute to the brave workers on board the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. 


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