Mark Wahlberg Headlines Upcoming Disaster Flicks
Hollywood seems to be taking a break from the glut of preachy comic book adaptations to seek out inspiration from true-life events. We had Sully, and then Snowden, and now another movie has joined the roster of more biographical films to hit theaters in the near future.
Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and John Malkovich star in a dramatic retelling of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010, a disaster that caused so much damage, that the environmental effects are still being determined by scientists and professors. The trailer illustrates that this will be told from the rig workers’ perspectives, with a great deal of emphasis on Wahlberg’s character’s family life and how the rig’s explosion will affect the “folks back home” as they wait to hear the fate of their loved ones. A scene with Malkovich indicates that the portrayal of BP Industries, who had leased the rig at that time, will not be entirely sympathetic, and so we the audience may get a primer on the cost-cutting measures that led to a disaster not seen since the Exxon Valdez oil spill in the 1980s. While still a very touchy topic, it’s also a divisive one as there are still those who don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them, so to speak, in questioning the ethics of the petro-chemical industry. Deepwater Horizon is scheduled to come out this Friday, September 30, 2016: