Certainly a hit or miss director, and still kind of an auteur in his own right. A subdued Michael Bay. A smarter Michael Bay some may say. Others may say Michael Bay with a little help from Paul Greengrass. Whichever it is, Peter Berg is kind of making a niche for himself with these American Hero tragedies. While certainly in the realm of patriotic, they aren’t generally over-the-top ra-ra America stuff. It’s in there, but it’s much more subtle than say a Clint Eastwood might do it.
He takes “actiony” disasters and makes them watchable. More than watchable actually. Entertaining. Well written. Deepwater Horizon was probably the best “explosions and stuff” summer blockbuster we got – and it was released in September!
Having said all that, his newest film is actually called Patriots Day and features waving flags quite prominently. Although, I suppose that’s just the nature of the event that took place on April 15, 2013, in which two bombs rocked the Boston Marathon killing three and wounding scores more. The Boston Police were generally regarded as doing their job well and handling the situation as best as it could have been.
That’s probably because Mark Wahlberg was on duty that day…
The poster for Deepwater Horizon was really cool. And I think the one-sheet for this movie is pretty awesome as well. At first I thought it was just the American Flag in tatters, but upon closer inspection, it’s shoe laces. Well played marketing team!