Historical dramas can be hit or miss, but Peter Berg has a knack for doing them right. He changed the sports drama with his 2004 adaptation of Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights and captured the frustrations of the Afghanistan war with his 2013 adaptation of Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson’s Lone Survivor. Now he’s back to tell another true story, and this one we’ve all heard and shook our heads at in frustration: Deepwater Horizon.
Written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan, the film follows the well-reported oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, only Berg is zeroing in on the men and women who risked their lives to save everyone on board the oil rig. Mark Wahlberg heads an all-star cast that includes Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and the one and only Kate Hudson.
The film’s first trailer offers a patient and tense look at the horrors to come. Berg anxiously crosscuts between Wahlberg and his daughter as she explains the concept of drilling with a can of soda. We know where this leads, however, but it’s the restraint at hand that speaks well to the forthcoming film.
Deepwater Horizon hits theaters September 30th.