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Special features include:
- Audio Commentary with Director Peter Atencio and Producer James D. Benson
- Behind The Scenes
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
* On one level, it's a standard MONSTER MOVIE. A creature beneath the ocean floor is disturbed by oil drilling. It emerges from underground, climbs aboard the oil rig ... and the body count mounts!
As a monster movie, it's what you'd expect. A disparate group of oil rig workers, skulking about dimly-lit steel corridors, seeking a monster, which picks off the workers, one-by-one.
But there are some odd aspects to this film.
* Too many SOAP OPERA elements.
We have two brothers, one older, one younger. They bicker, because the younger one is lost in the older one's shadow. He leaves the oil rig, so he can forge his own identity on another rig.
Meanwhile, the rig's supervisor is father to one of the women on the rig. She has a lover, another oil rig worker. But Dad wants his daughter to "do something" more meaningful with her life than being an oil rig worker.
"I wanted something better for you!" he laments.
"I'm not mom!" she retorts.
"I know," he saddens.
They both gaze sadly at a photo of Mom.
Still, this Dad remains extra hard on his daughter's lover. When the monster kills the lover's co-worker, Dad give a long speech on responsibility to the lover.
"Don't you think you were too hard on him?" the daughter later complains, during a lengthy father/daughter dialog.
Then the monster kills Dad. The daughter sees the blood in Dad's office. Tears well in her eyes. She later suffers flashbacks of their father/daughter times together.
Meanwhile, two OTHER crew members are having an affair. When the monster kills the woman, her lover screams at the man who was with her. "You didn't protect her!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this movie but I do enjoy "b" movies. It's worth the watch and I have done that more than once. Not bad at all for a night in.Published 2 months ago by karen
The Rig is totally lame. It's more fitting for the Syfy channel. It's about a sea or alien creature that enters a ship and kills the workers one by one. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bryan
boring, poor/okish acting, picture quality was good if i remember right. its stupid. the creatures weren't scary looking at all. not impressed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paige LeAnn Korsa
It took me back to the day of theater second movies. These were the ones that were two at a time in neighborhood theaters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sylvia J. Rzeminski
I can live with a bad costume monster movie. What I can't live with is bad story line. Talk about cliche. The storm, the remaining crew, no communication. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Emy2001
A lot of blood, but not much else during the first part of the movie. I agree that it is a "B" flick, but don't let that stop you from watching it. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Puck
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