The Rig DVD Review
Written by Charlotte Stear
DVD released by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Directed by Peter Antencio
Written by Scott Martin, Marilee A. Benson, Lori Chavez and C.W. Fallin
2010, Region 2 (PAL), 90 minutes, Rated 15 (UK)
DVD released on DATE
Serah D'Laine as Carey
William Forsythe as Jim
Art LaFleur as Ken
Scott Martin as Dobbs
Marcus T. Paulk as Andrew
Stacey Hinnen as Freddy
Carmen Perez as Rodriguez
Dan Benson as Colin
Jacob Bruce as Wallace
Set on an offshore oil rig, where the crew is struggling to work during a tropical storm, but little do they know the storm is the least of their worries. Unknowingly they have drilled too close to an underground lair for some nasty creatures, which soon crawl on-board and start killing them off one by one.
The poster for this film kind of reminded me of Ghost Ship, alright I guess the similarities end at it being set in water, but bear with me. Ghost Ship is a film that many people think is bad, but I personally really enjoyed, it’s not ground-breaking, but it’s all good fun. So going into this I thought maybe it would be along the same lines; out at sea shenanigans of the spooky kind! Well, I was wrong. Very, very wrong. The Rig doesn’t even entertain in the ‘it’s so bad it’s good’ kind of way.
This film suffers from being just really boring. That sounds pretty harsh, but due to the awful acting and really bad dialogue, there is no connection to any of the characters. When each one starts to disappear I didn’t particularly care who went, usually there’s someone I get attached to who I don’t want to be killed off, but there was none of that here. There’s no intrigue, excitement or twists. It is very predictable.
There’s this whole love story going on, the daughter of the big boss has fallen for one of the rig workers much to her father’s dismay…huh this sounds…familiar…yes you’d be right of to instantly think of Armageddon, it’s the exact same situation. Only it’s a lot less romantic and believable in The Rig. Again, there is no connection to these lovebirds so I didn’t really care about their situation, also a particularly lacklustre performance from Scott Martin made it really unbelievable that these two were meant for each other.
One (unintentionally) funny part is when we have a flashback of a scene we just watched a minute previously…I really couldn’t believe I was reliving a scene that had just happened. The director was trying to create some emotion, but it was just ridiculous. It failed yet again to get the audience to connect with what the characters are going through on screen.
The monster looks very low budget, when we ever get a glimpse of it, which is not often. It had a real look of The Creature from the Black Lagoon about it; it really does look like a guy walking around in a monster costume. When it comes to monster films, if when we see the creature and it’s not in the slightest bit believable or frightening, the whole film pretty much fails. This wasn’t much of a big deal for The Rig because up until now the film hadn’t impressed me in the slightest anyway.
I’ve tried hard to think of things that I could recommend about this film, and I’m drawing a blank. It’s even hard to write about because there’s not much more to say than that. Sadly its lack of originality and terrible acting holds this film back from creating any sort of tension or character development. I’d give it a miss if I were you.
Video and Audio:
There is an option of Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo or 5.1 Surround in the audio set up, the video is pretty clear but towards the end of the film it got too dark for a lot of the action scenes.
There is just the one extra feature on the disc which is a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, which if you enjoyed the feature I’m sure is a bonus. You get the chance to see the making of the creature and some of the director’s interaction with the cast. But that’s all you’re getting on here, so not great really.