Deepwater Horizon

2016

Drama / Thriller

2
IMDb Rating 7.3

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Reviewed by bob-the-movie-man 6/10

&#x22;Full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing&#x22; could be a summary of thismodern-age disaster movie. In 2010 the &#x22;Deepwater Horizon&#x22; drilling rigoff the coast of Louisiana failed in spectacular fashion, bursting intoflames and spewing millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf ofMexico in what was the worst oil-spill in American history. MarkWahlberg plays the well-respected electrical &#x27;Mr fixit&#x27; Mike Williamson the rig, reporting to the Operations Manager Jimmy Harrell (KurtRussell). <br><br>The exploratory project is way-behind and BP are not happy. Big-wigsfrom the company add support to Donald Vidrine, the BP site leader, inapplying mounting pressure on Harrell to press on regardless withoutall the necessary and time-consuming tests by Schlumberger beingcompleted. Rogue numbers in further tests are waved away as &#x27;glitches&#x27;.A familiar story of corporate greed and pressure overriding theexpert&#x27;s better judgment.<br><br>When disaster strikes it strikes quickly, with some spectacular andexciting special effects that leave the audience especially hot underthe collar. Female support is provided by the comely Andrea Fleytas(Gina Rodriguez), given the almost impossible job of keeping thefloating bomb on station as chaos reigns about her. As an audience weare back on familiar ground here from classic Irwin Allen disastermovies such as &#x22;The Towering Inferno&#x22; and &#x22;The Poseidon Adventure&#x22;. Whowill make it, and who won&#x27;t?<br><br>A more telling question here is &#x22;Do we care?&#x22; and unfortunately for thefilm, the answer is &#x22;Not really&#x22;. This feels a callous thing to saywhen this was a real and recent event and eleven people and &#x96; astouchingly illustrated at the end of the film in tribute &#x96; many of themfamily men with young kids, never went home again. But film-wise, weonly really get bought into the fate of Williams, whose back-story,with cute wife (Kate Hudson) and cute daughter (Stella Allen) we get tomeet and sympathize with. <br><br>We get a minimalist view of Fleytas&#x27;s backstory, but only enough toprovide a recurring &#x22;Mustang&#x22; reference. And that&#x27;s it. All the othercharacters are just two-dimensional &#x22;rig crew&#x22;: cannon-fodder for thespecial effects team. The screenplay by Matthew Sand and MatthewCarnahan really doesn&#x27;t deliver enough heft to get us bought in.<br><br>While the special effects are good, the sound design isn&#x27;t, with muchof the dialogue being incomprehensible.<br><br>All the acting is fine, with the ever-watchable John Malkovich nicelyportraying the corporate head you love to hate. Wahlberg as welldelivers enough range to make you forget in this &#x22;action mode&#x22; that hewas also in &#x22;Ted&#x22;. And Rodriguez as a junior lead holds her own againstthe big guns in what is a creditable performance in a big film role forher. <br><br>While &#x22;Lone Survivor&#x22;/&#x22;Battleship&#x22; director Peter Berg neatly providesan insight into life on and around rigs, and (via subtitles)descriptions of the drilling process which I found interesting, thiscomes down to the sum of a tense build up, an hour of freneticdisaster, and then a whimper of an ending. Where were some of thedramatic scenes of conflict in the congressional hearing that thefilm&#x27;s opening implies might come? Where are the scenes of ecologicaldisaster and local financial ruin to add emotional angles to the story?None of this is really exploited and the whole concoction comes acrossa bit &#x22;meh&#x22; as a result. Not a bad film by any means. But not one Iwill remember in a month or two&#x27;s time.<br><br>(Agree? Disagree? For the graphical version of this review and tocomment please visit bob-the-movie-man.com. Thanks.)

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Reviewed by Andrew Gold 7/10

Deepwater Horizon is a movie that succeeds on two levels: as anaction-packed blockbuster and as an honest depiction of a tragicdisaster. It&#x27;s the story of the BP oil rig that exploded andcontaminated the Gulf of Mexico. The way Berg directs the sequence ofevents is well paced and purposefully developmental for a good chunk ofthe movie. It takes about 45 minutes before the crap hits the fan,during which we&#x27;re allowed time to get to know the characters - theirquirks, their personalities - so we can empathize with their situation.The stakes feel real, as they should (and were), which is a testamentto the directing and the acting. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russelldominate in their roles, Russell given the opportunity to remind us whyhe&#x27;s one of the biggest stars ever. The supporting cast is excellent,including John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O&#x27;Brien, who havechemistry and rapport between other characters (Malkovich and Russellsharing a couple intense moments where not a word is said).<br><br>The disaster itself is portrayed brilliantly. The tone remains franticand the stunning special effects work puts it over the edge. Oncethings go south, it&#x27;s a nonstop adrenaline rush till the end. The onlyreason it&#x27;s not rated higher is because it&#x27;s merely a depiction ofevents, nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary in regards tostorytelling. But it didn&#x27;t have to be. This was a tragic event and thegritty realism shown here is as refreshing as it is intense. If you&#x27;rein the mood for a deeper-than-average thrill-ride, look no further thanDeepwater Horizon.

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Reviewed by Dave McClain ([email protected]) 7/10

Peter Berg makes movies, but he also knows a lot about deep-water oilexploration. He&#x27;d have to, considering how complicated this dangerousactivity is, and how well he handled those complexities and portrayedthat danger in his film. Berg directed &#x22;Deepwater Horizon&#x22; (PG-13,1:47), the dramatization of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosionwhich killed 11 people and resulted in the largest oil spill in thehistory of the petroleum industry and the biggest environmentaldisaster in U.S. history. A combination of faulty equipment and humanerror caused the disaster. Methane gas escaping up the rig&#x27;s pipesenveloped it, ignited and eventually consumed the rig, which burneduntil sinking into the ocean 36 hours after the initial explosion. Thetitular rig&#x27;s owner, Transocean, and its client, BP, traded accusationsof wrongdoing for years, while various cases worked their way throughthe courts &#x96; and a lengthy environmental clean-up of the gulf coastproceeded. No one went to jail, but, according to Wikipedia, &#x22;To dateBP&#x27;s cost for the clean-up, environmental and economic damages andpenalties has reached $54bn.&#x22; But that&#x27;s all scientific and industrialdetail. This film is mainly a story about people.<br><br>Berg (with his screenwriters, Matthew Michael Carnahan and MichaelSand) personalizes the story by focusing on a few key people involvedin the events depicted. Master electrician Mike Williams (played byMark Wahlberg, who Berg also directed in 2013&#x27;s &#x22;Lone Survivor&#x22;) is adevoted family man with a loving wife (Kate Hudson) and a sweet andprecocious daughter (Stella Allen), who&#x27;s very proud of her dad and hisjob. Radio operator Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) is a young, singlewoman who has a steady boyfriend and loves her vintage Ford Mustang,even if she does have trouble keeping it running. Both Mike and Andreawork for &#x22;Mr. Jimmy&#x22; (Kurt Russell, appearing on film for the firsttime with Hudson, who is his adopted daughter) is the caring, but toughand diligent Transocean foreman on Deepwater Horizon, who often findshimself at odds with BP&#x27;s corporate representatives on the oil rig.<br><br>As Mr. Jimmy and his crew arrive at the rig for their three-week-longturn on board, it&#x27;s apparent that the departing shift (including Berg,in a cameo role, in which he briefly talks with Russell&#x27;s character)hasn&#x27;t done their due diligence in taking care of operation and safetyconcerns on the rig. While entertaining two BP executives who arevisiting Deepwater Horizon (and who present him with a safety awardduring a brief ceremony), Mr. Jimmy locks horns with BP liaison DonaldVidrine (John Malkovich). Mr. Jimmy insists on a test of the pressureentering the well from beneath the ocean floor. When the test givesconflicting results and the results of an alternate follow-up testcomplicates the situation further, the stage is set for disaster. Therest of the film depicts that disaster with astonishing detail andrealism as everyone on that rig fights for survival and for the goal ofgetting back safely to their families.<br><br>&#x22;Deepwater Horizon&#x22; is a fascinating, entertaining and inspiring takeon a real-life disaster. We get good character development and adetailed behind-the-scenes look at the considerations, disagreementsand actions that led up to the catastrophic explosion, but there are acouple problems with all that. Berg does a good job with a combinationof dialog, on-screen verbiage and impressive visuals to help usunderstand the dynamics at play, but it almost seems like too much, andthe conversations, with a lot of technical jargon, characters talkingover each other and seeming to mumble their lines, and some withvarious southern accents and some without, combine to make it difficultto tune one&#x27;s ear to the dialog and understand everything that&#x27;s beingsaid. However, the main point of this movie is the survival story. Berghad a realistic version of the rig built (including many workingcomponents) for shooting. His attention to detail &#x96; in the set and inthe film&#x27;s visual effects is nothing short of remarkable. What&#x27;s more,we care about the characters and the danger they&#x27;re in feels real. Forexcellent acting, a well-developed story and incredible visuals, youshould put this film on your horizon. &#x22;B+&#x22;

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