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.
Can't believe I felt genuine emotion and thrills in a Mark Wahlberg movie. And with Peter Berg at the helm of all things. I'm livid. First half was actually a pretty good ensemble drama and then we got 45 of explosions. Though Berg still falls in quite some melodramatic traps of the "white christian patriotism" he more than makes up for it with complete control in immersing the viewer into the disastrous situation.
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 buildup in the 1st half could've been cut considerably as it too-obviously uses brotherhood and banalities to introduce many characters. While its job-specific lingo isn't explained well outside of seeming things aren't going to turn out fine, thus this lack of knowledge left me alienated. Yet, Berg directs action sequences as fine-tuned in moving parts and finely organized in chaos as the best rock n' roll.