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When a tropical storm forces an offshore drilling company to evacuate non-essential personnel from the "Charlie" oil rig, the small but experienced crew left behind settles in to ride out the storm. Isolated on the rig, their routine night is interrupted when a crew member goes missing and an extensive search proves futile. Slowly, they discover that a deadly creature is stalking the crew, eliminating them one by one. Surrounded by nothing but raging ocean with no hope of escape, the roughnecks must survive the stormy night with an unrelenting force of death hunting them down.

Special features include:
 - Audio Commentary with Director Peter Atencio and Producer James D. Benson
 - Behind The Scenes
 - Trailer

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  • Actors: William Forsythe, Art LaFleur, Marcus T. Paulk, Stacey Hinnen, Dan Benson
  • Directors: Peter Atencio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VQO4WK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Bad idea + bad execution + bad acting still = bad movie.
Michael Gmirkin
A basic break down of the plot is: the majority of an oil rig crew leaves for the mainland in lieu of an on coming tropical storm.
Spider Jerusalem
Why everyone thinks that if they rip something off aliens, they will get a lot of money and lots of views?

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mills on November 25, 2010
Format: DVD
I was really hoping to enjoy THE RIG (2010). I love monster-on-the-loose flicks, and this one looked to be so simple and straightforward a set-up that I couldn't imagine how anyone could screw it up.

I seriously underestimated director Peter Atencio.

Here's the plot: most of the crew of a deep-sea oil-drilling platform are evacuated ahead of an approaching hurricane, leaving only a skeleton crew aboard, led by hardcase roughneck Jim (veteran heavy William Forsythe, G-MEN FROM HELL). Unfortunately, several bloodthirsty, inhuman creatures have been released from beneath the ocean floor by the drill, and the vicious monsters stalk the isolated, unarmed crew, killing them off one-by-one...

Shot on a real oil platform, THE RIG definitely benefits from the authentic location and the verisimilitude it provides. Forsythe is as good as usual, and familiar character actor Art LeFleur (TRANCERS, ZONE TROOPERS) also shines in his small role. The creatures are quite good, executed primarily through the use of performers in well-designed monster suits and other practical effects, with only a limited use of CGI. There are some decent gore make-ups and a bit of gratuitous boobage. All good.

But - top-billed Forsythe is barely in the picture. Worse, the direction (and editing) by Peter Atencio is leaden and utterly suspense-less, and he is poorly served by the amateurish acting of the bulk of the cast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Sohl on October 29, 2011
Format: DVD
Actually, let me say up front that this flick is more like 3 stars if that, but when I feel a movie is unjustly dumped on, I like to give it a helping hand. Having previously read the reviews here I passed it up, but, while browsing a used DVD store, I came across it and figured it'd be worth $4. Now, I suppose this is the part where I say, "boy, and am I glad I did!" but, honestly, it wasn't that good. However, it wasn't as bad as some reviewers here make it out to be. Upon finishing this movie, I suspected some sort of agenda-mongering by some of the reviewers here, but upon revisiting this page, I think the truth is that many of these people are simply jaded.

First, the cast is pretty decent. Contrary to what some have said here, they all performed quite well. The characters were likeable (unlike in some films) and the actors made you care about them (at least, should you make a modicum of an attempt to suspend disbelief in a film about rampaging sea-monsters). Many were unknowns, but that didn't make them "amateurish". I guess there's an element out there that figures if they aren't "name" actors, they must not be good. The entire cast did a good job being half-way convincing as oil-rig workers. The script simply didn't call for a whole lot of deep characterization, and this film didn't need it. In fact, what little drama there was seemed like excess baggage.

Second, the directing was competent for something like this. Nothing remotely stylish, but adequate. Decent editing. Cinematography was really nice at times, with lighting low enough to be moody, but still light enough to see the action.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 2, 2010
Format: DVD
don't let the cover or text sway you into thinking this is a neat monster/horror film. its not. its a very low budget attempt at horror directed by someone with no imagination on how to stretch the budget for max effect. most of the film takes places in the inside of what we're led to believe is a rig, but looks more like a high school attempt at creating a haunted house. the few outside scenes are purposely poorly lit and funkily shot to camouflage another pitiful attempt at creating a realistic set. the story, however, is the worst part. its generally non-existent, and a completely random excursion through meaningless dribble. and there's a few actors you'll recognize, but it'l take a while because you haven't seen any of them for 10+ years...for a reason. very disappointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By UniversityDoc on November 14, 2010
Format: DVD
This was an attempt to make a horror film, but it failed in that goal. How so? Talk about poor attempts to make the viewer believe he/she is out on the ocean aboard a rig, when you can see from the lousy camera angles and darkness that you are clearly in a soundstage. One scene that shows this the best is when Freddy Brewer is trying to fight off "the intruders". And where exactly was the storm anyway? It couldn't be seen on the cameras in the control room. When the crew walks outside, it is just wet and misty. Where are the gigantic waves from the storm. Talk about wasting time, effort and money. This is just another film that makes the viewer want to throw a shoe at the tv or computer and ask, how on earth was this one made? The best part of the entire movie was the last 10 minutes when it all comes to an end, finally.
The characters were a good mix from real life. This could have been something worthwhile, but it wasn't. Want to see a good horror film? This is NOT it.
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