Deepwater Horizon

This movie is about the BP oil rig (named the Deepwater Horizon) that famously exploded and led to the leakage of over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the gulf of Mexico. The result had a disastrous effect on the ecosystems in the gulf and cost BP billions on billions to clean up. Out of the 126 crew members on the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010, 11 men did not make it out alive that night.

The Bad

It started pretty slow and really took a while to grab my attention. I’d say that for the first 40 minutes or so I was just kind of watching, while the rest of the movie I felt the intensity and the emotion from the stress of the situation that they were in.

I could’ve done without the first scene of the movie to be honest but I figure Mark Wahlberg was looking through the script at some point and said “So you’re telling me I don’t get to make-out with Kate Hudson? Can’t you just add it to the beginning?”

On a different note, there were a few times in the beginning portion of the movie where I just couldn’t understand what Mike Williams (Wahlberg) was saying because he was trying so hard to have Louisiana accent and talk really fast.

The last thing of note is that they set up background for two characters: Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) and Mike Williams, yet the really only focus on Mike once they get on the rig. When they do cut back to catch us up and what Fleytas is doing it seems so force; like we are just supposed to remember that she is important too for some reason. There were much more compelling characters that they could’ve given us more background for, such as Caleb (Dylan O’Brien) or Mr. Jimmy (Kurt Russell).

The Good

Once this movie got going, it REAALLY got going. The intensity was gripping from the moment that the pipe blew out until the end. It really made BP look bad, as if it was directly there fault that the rig blew up. Since that is most likely the case, I am glad that they took shots at BP.

The movie did an awesome job putting in perspective the panic that the situation must’ve entailed. It showed that without the heroism of so many people, the disaster could’ve been much worse than it was. Many more people would’ve lost their lives if not for people like Mr. Jimmy, and Mike, and the crane operator, etc.

The Rating

While this was not a great all-around movie, I thought it had some great action scenes. With the quality cast and that the type of intensity that you rarely get for such a long period of time in a movie, it definitely qualifies as a solid action film. I will never know exactly what it was like to have been on the Deepwater Horizon the night of April 20, 2010, but I’d imagine that the story told in this film could have easily been very similar to what really happened.


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