Another based on real life movie, Deepwater Horizon is filled with action and drama. I give it a B.
When general operational supervisor, Mr, Jimmy (played by Kurt Russel), and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams (played by Mark Wahlberg), arrive on Deepwater Horizon, they find BP has decided to push through the tests for safety and set out to bring the rig online, despite cocerns. When everything blows up, a few good men and women set out to save the rest of their crew and bring everyone home safely.
In 2010, the worst oil spill in US history was a result of problems with the drilling platform at Deepwater Horizon. In the news, we heard more about the spill and less about the actions leading to this disaster including the loss of lives as the platform explodes into flames. BP comes off as the bad guy as they cut corners due to being over their due date. And in the end, BP ended up being fined, but that doesn’t change the loss of life.
Mark Wahlberg is snarky and stoic as he sets out to keep the platform running among many issues, but he really stands out when the well blows. Williams steps up as a leader, searching for other survivors even with his own injuries. Kate Hudson appears as Mike Williams’ wife. Her part was limited and only impacts the movie as it shows Mike’s reasons for fighting for life.
While the movie kept me on the edge of my seat and provides a unique look at the worst oil spill, I probably wouldn’t have seen it until it was on cable or on demand. It didn’t sound exciting. However, the movie was well written and provides more details on what really happened in 2010. Certainly a movie to watch but do it when you don’t have to pay full price.
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