The film focuses on a crew of workers stationed at the titular offshore oil rig, centered around Wahlberg’s portrayal of Mike Williams (in The New York Times article the movie is based on, Williams was an electronics technician who testified that he raised concerns about the rig’s safety before the disaster).
Much of the trailer features calm-before-the-storm shots of Williams and his family, as well as life on the rig, though John Malkovich’s character delivers several disconcerting lines in a frank drawl: “We’re a big company with millions of moving parts. We all work very hard to ensure those moving parts all function as a means to a very profitable ends for all of us.” When the pressure finally cracks, the clip turns frantic with Williams and the others running through torrents of oil, clouds of black smoke and frequent, ridiculous explosions.
Deepwater Horizon was directed by Peter Berg and also stars Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson. It opens September 30th.