Very little is showy about Peter Berg‘s movies. He’s typically a filmmaker who manages to stay invisible, often successfully trying his hand at different genres. His strengths — his eye for performances and grasp on tension, in particular — are never overt in his movies. He’s a director that can build and build pressure over an extended period and create a great sense of geography with some quick cutting, but again, his skills never draw your attention away from the story.
As the director’s latest film, Deepwater Horizon, hits theaters, I wanted to take a look back at his career so far. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to see Deepwater Horizon before putting together this list, but the reviews are enough to convince me to see it as soon as possible. Below, check out our Peter Berg ranking.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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After facing prehistoric Transformers in 2014 and hanging out with a talking teddy bear in Ted 2 last year, Mark Wahlberg confronts something a little more real this fall in Deepwater Horizon. Based on the real life disaster, the film follows Wahlberg as a family man working on the title oil rig as anything and everything goes wrong, leaving the lives of those on the job that day in grave danger. A new Deepwater Horizon trailer shows just how intense things get. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have a thing for real-life drama. The pair are just coming off of Lone Survivor, an account of a Navy SEAL mission to kill a Taliban leader, and are about to dive into Patriots Day, about the events leading up to and around the Boston Marathon bombing. In between, they have Deepwater Horizon, about one of the worst manmade disasters in history.
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded near the coast of Louisiana, springing a leak that would flow for another 87 days (making it the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history). Of the 126 crew members on board at the time, 11 were killed and another 17 were injured. Berg’s film follows the courageous men and women who tried to prevent the disaster, and then, when the worst happened anyway, valiantly worked to save their colleagues. Watch the first Deepwater Horizon trailer below. Read More »
Less than a year after the disastrous BP Oil spill, a film based on the tragic event was already in the works. Back in 2014, director J.C. Chandor was attached to helm Deepwater Horizon. Unfortunately, the A Most Violent Year and Margin Call director walked away from the project, citing “creative differences.” Mark Wahlberg was already attached to the film at the time, and following Chandor’s departure, the actor might’ve had a hand in bringing aboard Lone Survivor director, Peter Berg, as his replacement.
Now the film is due out this fall, and today we have our first look. Below, check out a few Deepwater Horizon photos.
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J.C. Chandor, who raced from Margin Call to All Is Lost to A Most Violent Year, has left the director’s chair of the upcoming film Deepwater Horizon. The reason? Our old friend “creative differences,” at least as far as the official knowledge base goes. Now, coming in to replace him, is Peter Berg, whose most recent film was Lone Survivor. The link to the new Deepwater Horizon director may be Mark Wahlberg, who is set to star in the film, and was also the lead in Lone Survivor. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Following the fact-based actioner Lone Survivor and the less fact-based blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg is preparing to play another all-American hero. He’s entered talks for Deepwater Horizon, J.C. Chandor‘s drama about the 2010 BP oil rig explosion.
Get more details about the Mark Wahlberg Deepwater Horizon movie after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think the harrowing drama of his All Is Lost would make anyone think twice about venturing back into the sea, but director J.C. Chandor isn’t scared. He’s now in talks to direct Deepwater Horizon, about the real-life oil rig of the same name. Its explosion in 2010 caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Get all the details on the project after the jump.
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Chances are you’re familiar with the Deepwater Horizon, the drilling rig that suffered a blowout and wound up causing the second largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Well, surprise, Hollywood wants to make a movie about it. Learn more after the break. Read More »