This meat-and-potatoes real-life disaster movie remembers the 2010 oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and spawned a devastating oil spill
While the coastal population of Louisiana is still recovering from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010, Hollywood has clearly decided that the mourning period is over. To be fair, Deepwater Horizon does come with a veneer of seriousness, ending with a sober tribute to the 11 crewmen killed in the blast. But it also works a treat for anyone in the audience who just wants to see a bunch of stuff blown up.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, a square-jawed hero straight out of the Bruce Springsteen playbook: the blue-collar family man who stands up to the big boys, speaks his piece and is shouted down. Doing the shouting is John Malkovich, on outrageous scenery-chewing form as the villainous oil executive who ignores the warning signs and allows things to go too far. It’s not a question of if everything will all go bang, but when – and how loudly.
Very, very loudly, as it turns out, and when the oil catches fire, so does Deepwater Horizon. Directed by Peter Berg, the action is ferocious, fast and bloody – one memorable scene with Kurt Russell’s plant foreman and a plate-glass shower door will have you squirming with horror. But it’s quite a long way from believable, especially when Wahlberg starts leaping from high platforms like a grimy, Lycra-less Batman. Accusations of tastelessness are bound to come, with some justification – if your priority is to respect the dead, why hire the director of Battleship?
|Release date:||Friday September 30 2016|
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand|
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Likeable recreation of the real-life disaster and the characters caught up in it, that takes a documentary style approach complete with explanatory captions to explain how a rig works - it's entertaining, in a science channel sort of way - and then comes mud and explosions - and more mud and explosions. The movie no doubt stands as a moving tribute to the 11 who died, Hollywood -style, and the performances are fine throughout, but as a piece of drama it burns out with all that oil and gas...
No fish were killed in the making of this movie. I did not see any !
Hollywood puts its gloss on a true Corporate and Natural disaster , by concentrating on the action and part condemning the greed and inefficiency that caused the catastrophe. Its American all the way, but wow did I feel ashamed to be British. It was BP - with head offices in London that blew the well , killed its staff and damaged marine life in the area forever. Getting beyond the shame, I rather enjoyed the film itself. Its action packed , and a bit fanciful but kept me gripped throughout.