Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
As if working on an offshore oil rig isn't bad enough to begin with, this whole crew has to contend with a bunch of fish/man creature things that love to eat offshore oil rigs and the delicious meaty humans inside.
Is it good movie?
Well, there's no really good reason to watch The Rig. It borrows heavily from all of the movies that influence it, like Alien (what doesn't rip Alien off?), Armageddon (the whole stern Daddy not wanting his daughter to date thing) and even lesser known films like Deep Rising and Deep Blue Sea and something else with the word 'Deep" in it. Anyway, enough blathering. Let's talk about why this movie is pretty lousy.
First of all, this one is headlined by the wonderful William Forsythe and Art Lafleur. Forsythe is the crew's leader while LaFleur is the owner of the rig. This is a good thing, but it turns out to be nothing more than a way to attract poor saps like us to this project and these men are clearly sleepwalking through their roles. Everyone in this film is a stereotype and absolutely everything in this film feels pat, repetitive and like it was created simply to stick it to the genre.
The plot in this film is listless, predictable and doesn't really solve anything. The whole movie is shot after shot of long and dark hallways coupled with little shots of the creatures coming closer. When the monsters finally take out a cast member, you'll be thrilled because the film is one step closer to being over. The film isn't tense, isn't scary, isn't sexy or overly gory.
The rig is completely derivative, has no spirit to it, a lame cast, low effects budget and only so-so creatures. The idea is one that has been done a thousand times, but unfortunately for anyone involved, it's been done so much better. Character development is nonexistent and everything here feels slapped together for the sake of releasing a film. I don't recommend this one.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78 anamorphic widescreen and is acceptable at best, nothing really stands out in this mix.
Audio comes to us in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is mixed pretty well.
The only real feature on this disc is The Rig: Behind the Scenes, which runs about 10 minutes long and is your standard EPK sort of deal, providing no real insight and a lot of glad handing.
There's also a trailer for this film and about 6 minutes of previews for other films.
Avoid this movie. When people ask me what the worst part of reviewing DVDs is, this is a shining example. This is a film created to lure in horror fans and make a buck off of them. Original story, good cast, good gore and soul be damned, this is a perfect way to exploit the horror genre for a quick buck.