Who’d have thought one of the most politically angry American films of 2016 would come from the director of Lone Survivor, the star of the Transformersfifth edition, and be endorsed by Hollywood to the tune of $150 million? Director Peter Berg puts on his Paul Greengrass hat and thrusts Mark Wahlberg into a nightmarish recreation of the events that led to 11 men dying on the eponymous oil rig in 2010, and although the succeeding ecological disaster barely gets a look-in, that’s all old news. The careful presentation of how corporate pressure on the skilled hands of crew led to the catastrophe never feels heavy-handed, and their heroic efforts to limit the damage feel compellingly, almost overwhelmingly real. Not one to enjoy if you work for BP. Times & trailer
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