The world watched for 87 agonizing days in 2010 as British Petroleum tried to halt the flow of oil from the damaged Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast; this big-budget drama focuses on the first day alone, when a giant explosion and fire aboard the station killed 11 men. Transocean Ltd., which leased the rig to BP, had a history of accidents leading up to the explosion, but the movie is framed as a conflict between sturdy, modest Transocean technicians (Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell) and an effete BP executive who neglects safety precautions (John Malkovich—that’s how evil this company is). In a clumsy expository scene, the Wahlberg character listens as his school-age daughter recites a class report on how the drilling station operates; this quick lesson proves insufficient later when the drill column explodes and the action, unmoored by any concrete sense of the station’s architecture, grows increasingly incoherent. Peter Berg directed; with Kate Hudson as the worried wife at home.