Friday, September 30, 2016

Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon


Deepwater Horizon tells the story of a 2010 oil rig explosion that killed eleven people and left many others injured. I wasn't familiar with the story before this movie, but it's definitely an interesting one, and the film is worth seeing in the theater.

Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) is leaving his wife, Felicia (Kate Hudson) and daughter, Sydney (Stella Allen) for about 23 days to go work on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, for lack of a better term, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon is led by Mr. Jimmy (Kurt Russell) and has about 120 men and women working onboard, including Andrea (Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin), who works in the control room; Jason (Ethan Suplee), also a control room worker; and Caleb (Dylan O'Brien, The Maze Runner), who works out on the "frontlines" with the oil. BP exec Vidrine (John Malkovich) is also on board, and is pushing for BP's oil to be obtained quickly, while skipping standard tests, which later doesn't bode well for the oil rig. When a test comes back with a bad result, the rig suddenly starts rapidly leaking oil, and a fire breaks out onboard, endangering the lives of everyone who works on the Deepwater Horizon.

This film was a little hard to keep up with, because of all of the oil business terms, but the movie tries its best to explain what is what, using on-screen explanations, and so that definitely helped. I'm a huge fan of Jane the Virgin so it was interesting to see Gina Rodriguez in a more dramatic role, too, and the rest of the cast is very good here as well, most notably Wahlberg, Russell, and Malkovich.

Yes, see this movie. I wouldn't pay full price for it but I'd see it at a matinee. The first half of the movie was decent but didn't grab my attention that much; however, the second half is when it goes into full-on "disaster mode," and that is definitely more fast-paced. Deepwater Horizon is still the largest oil spill in the world, and is considered the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Make sure to stay through to the beginning of the credits, too, as the movie pays homage to the men who died on the Deepwater, listing names and photos of each.

Deepwater Horizon is in theaters today, September 30th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 107 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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