I’m not entirely sure how The Rig even got financing since you don’t have any major talent outside of William Forsythe and while he is a great character actor and provides some much needed depth versus the acting from many unknowns forced to read a less than stellar script with terrible dialogue.
Directed by: Peter Atencio
Writer(s): Scott Martin and Marilee Benson & Lori Chavez
Cast: William Forsythe, Stacey Hinnen, Serah D’Laine, Art LaFleur
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Retail Price: $26.97
Release Date: October 5th, 2010
Studio: Anchor Bay
THE MOVIE – 1.5/5
Nearly a mile beneath the sea, offshore drillers have unleashed an unknown creature. It is fast, ferocious and extremely hungry. Now it’s coming up for air… and headed for the rig. *Yawn*
Note: This review contains spoilers.
The Rig is yet another low budget film featuring one semi well known actor amongst a bunch of unknowns mixed up in a story that isn’t all that interesting or the least bit scary and “borrows” from other creature horror movies.
In this story, an ocean oil rig is filled with a skeleton crew while a fierce storm conveniently comes through. Before the storm, the team begins to drill but they tap into something strange… and purple… and blue. Not sure the point of making it those colors but alright, I went with it. During the drilling, the camera and signal gets cut off by some strange creature. It is after the storm that – to paraphrase Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys II – the shit gets real.
By my count, there are around 6 people left on the rig and one by one the creatures attempt to take them out but not because they’re hungry but, as explained by a spooky ex-Army guy who somehow has insights into their motives, they just like the hunt and kill. So with each victim the creature rips the victim apart, drags the body somewhere unknown (we never find out where) and continues on the hunt. Heck, one of the characters, the most logical of the bunch, suggests that they hole up in the control room until the morning when the storm has passed and rescue can be possible since communication to the mainland was cut off… conveniently enough (for the creatures anyway).
Through acts of stupidity the victims of the rig go from port to port, level to level in search of various items. One moment it might be for weapons (and the key to unlock the weapon) followed by finding an insulin shot as one of them goes into shock after being attacked.
The entire film is one ludicrous moment after another and I would be fine with that if only we had interesting characters or some truly frightening scenes but instead, and in independent horror fashion, every shot is dark and you can barely even see the creature and can only tell it some nasty teeth and slime oozing all over its body.
I’m not entirely sure how The Rig even got financing since you don’t have any major talent outside of William Forsythe and while he is a great character actor and provides some much needed depth versus the acting from many unknowns forced to read a less than stellar script with terrible dialogue. Sadly, and this is spoiler territory, Mr. Forsyth leaves us far too soon in one of the only surprise moments in the movie.
In the end The Rig is just another direct-to-video flick that will pack the Wal-Mart bargain bin and be rightfully forgotten.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5
Strangely enough the DVD does have a couple of features one is a feature commentary with Director Peter Atencio and Producer James. D. Benson, The Rig: Behind the Scenes (9:32) featurette and the theatrical trailer (1:45).
VIDEO – 2.5/5
The Rig is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 aspect ratio and looks pretty dang dark and looks like it was shot digitally. The black levels aren’t the best and since it takes place mostly at night there aren’t many colors to draw from. Basically, the movie looks as cheap as the budget no doubt was.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
Meanwhile the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is quite strong, perhaps too strong at times, with the score taking the brunt of the soundtrack during the so called frightening scenes. The dialogue, for what it’s not worth, is clear and discernable while the creature screams resonates nicely enough.
OVERALL – 1/5
The Rig simply put just isn’t worth the time or money to either buy or rent. I appreciate the fact that a young filmmaker is able to get work in the business and employ actors who no doubt have a hard time finding work, but sadly this isn’t going to become some creature feature classic and instead will be lost in the Wal-Mart dump bin, banged up with a loose disc to be passed over time and again. Sad as it may be, I cannot think of a reason to bother with the movie.
– Brian Oliver, The Movieman