Anything but a disaster movie.
In 2013 Peter Berg Teamed up With Mark Walberg and delivered the very powerful film the Lone Survivor. A movie about a group of Navy Seals and their doomed mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban Leader. That movie was stunning, heart breaking and in some places bone crunching. If you haven't seen this film, I implore you to do so. It is based on true events, sometimes movies can show you a different kind of hero.
Fast forward to 2016 and Peter and Mark re-team for another event based on a true event and unlike the last movie I was mildly aware of the incident in question. I am of course referring to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 in the Gulf Sea. While most people will remember seeing it on the news, especially huge oil spill and clean up that followed. This film not only shows you the event which caused the huge oil spill, but also shines a light on whom is to blame.
I would argue that New Kids On The Block's Marky Mark (or Mark Walberg to you and I now) is actually a good actor. He can knock it out the park especially if he is put in the right film. Sorry Michael Bay, but transformers' wasn’t one of them. In Peter Berg, Mark Walberg has found a good working partnership. First with Lone Survivor and now this film and if rumours are to be believed about Patriots Day it will be the third film with the pair working together.
Mark Walberg plays his role wonderfully and when the drama kicks in you start wondering how the hell he and some of his co-workers made it out that inferno. But his performance makes me think some of them on that rig never fully made it off mentally after surviving that ordeal and the case that followed.
There were some nice supporting roles being dialed in from Kurt Russell (who I deeply miss in films when he dropped off the radar for a few years) and when the drama kicks in. His performance which I would say steals the movie for me because of different levels of acting he shows. From being injured to reading the register on the boat at the end. John Malkovich, who played one of the BP men on boarded the rig, in my mind (and view of the film) he was ultimately the reason for this disaster.
Given the nature of the film, practical effects would make this production a nightmare to work on. I have to say my only complaint was the CGI was a little too action movie like and lacking a bit of money I suspect. Which did take me out of the film once or twice, but this was a minor gripe on my part. This film is pretty much faultless.
This film had me on the edge of my seat as I have to admit I didn’t know the full extent of the story. After watching it, I have to say it was amazing that the loss wasn’t much higher. This film was well told by Peter Berg. I would suggest that everyone see this film and this will defiantly score high because it’s a true story and well told. As well as fantastically acted. I would not be surprised if this film sneaks in some awards.
I give this film 9/10 shiny Stars