Review: Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon is in cinemas now
Deepwater Horizon is in cinemas now

Mark Wahlberg is back on the big screen and back with director Peter Berg in the true story of Deepwater Horizon, the semi-submersible oil rig which exploded off the coast of Louisiana in 2010.

Berg anchors the story with Wahlberg, who plays real life rig engineer Mike Williams.

Williams heads out to join his crew on the rig for what he and his family thought would be his usual routine work trip.  But there would be nothing routine about this trip.

Kurt Russell brings his usual heft and roguish charm to the role of rig boss Mr Jimmy; and when these truly terrifying events unfold, it will be up to both men to do what they can to save the rig, their crew, and themselves.

The film overall is a missed opportunity; a hit-and-miss collection of pretty arresting visual effects married with a strangely toothless narrative.

The story of the riggers, and not of the gargantuan environmental disaster which follows, it does have it moments - moments mostly involving Kurt Russell.

It's an OK watch, not a great one.

Three stars.

     Deepwater Horizon:: Director: Peter Berg:: Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, Ethan Suplee, John Malkovich, Henri Esteve:: Rating: M - Offensive language:: Running Time: 107 minutes