Peter Berg is about to get worked up. Berg feels there is an unfair public perception of the workers onboard the titular oil rig — particularly the 11 men who died in the 2010 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico — which he sites as a primary reason he wanted to make the film. “It’s such ignorance,” Berg (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights) told Yahoo Movies Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival, shortly before Deepwater premiered to anti-oil pipeline protestors outside the screening and then strong reviews from critics.
Peter Berg’s upcoming disaster thriller Deepwater Horizon gives faces to the men and women who were aboard the titular drilling rig when it was rocked by an explosion. Chief among those faces in the film version is Mark Wahlberg, who plays Deepwater Horizon’s southern-drawled crewman Mike Williams. Deepwater Horizon is the first of two films this fall from Berg and Wahlberg, along with the Boston marathon bombing drama Patriots Day, which examine real-life tragedy through the lens of a suspenseful actioner.