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The Rig

2.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VQO4WK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rig" on IMDb

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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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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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THE RIG is a weird mix of genres and styles.

* 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!
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