‘Deepwater Horizon’ Trailer: Mark Wahlberg’s BP Drama Loaded with Talent

Deepwater Horizon tells the (dramatized) true story of the cataclysmic BP oil spill which decimated the Gulf Coast and its ocean back in April of 2010. It remains the largest oil spill in United States history, thankfully. Mark Wahlberg stars as a worker aboard that oil rig during the moment of truth. This new trailer is compelling for its parallel narrative, and the fact so many stars pop up briefly as the tension builds.

Here it is:

Here’s a quick synopsis:

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The cast includes Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, and Dylan O’Brien among other recognizable faces. I especially liked the touch of Wahlber’s daughter and her innocent school report juxtaposed to the disastrous mid-sea explosion. Wahlberg can be hit or miss, but he looks manageable here surrounded by so much talent.

Peter Berg is directing this, so don’t expect too much scathing anti-jingoistic subtext here. His films tend to fall more on the side of ‘Merica in my opinion (Lone Survivor, anyone?). But as a straight dramatic thriller this looks promising.

Deepwater Horizon hits theaters September 30.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.