April 2010 saw one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit America, after an offshore drilling oil rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded and caused a catastrophic oil spill, resulting in a multitude of deaths. This dramatisation follows Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his crew, as they try to tackle the horrendous event that was thrust upon them. A very impactful film with a tremendous amount of suspense and a solid cast. It’s worth noting that Deepwater Horizon is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Director: Peter Berg
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriquez, Ethan Suplee, John Malkovich
Based on true events that occurred in 2010, Deepwater Horizon has received much praise since its original release in 2016, but at the same time, received some backlash for being a little too political and somewhat unrealistic in regards to the actual events that occurred on that catastrophic day over 10 years ago, with some critics stating that the story was far more complex than the one the filmmakers tried to portray.
With that being said, as a standalone Hollywood blockbuster, the flick managed to showcase some fantastic special effects, which had somewhat of a realistic feel to them, while also managing to enforce a frantic and helpless atmosphere for the latter half of the film. Interestingly, the oil rig in which the picture takes place, was built specifically for this movie, which was located in Chalmette, Louisiana. Consequently, the director, Peter Berg, claimed that it was one of the largest practical sets ever built in the industry.
One minor flaw I did happen to pick up on, however, would be the way in which some of the events and finer details within the film weren’t explained too well to the more casual viewer. A large majority of the more technical terminology could be regarded as a little alien to those that aren’t familiar with the world of oil rigs, leaving many viewers in the dark and disinterested to an extent.
With that being said, it’s fair to say that the strong and equally as diverse cast was a strength of the flick, with Mark Wahlberg spearheading the majority of the film as Mike Williams and two of the more notable support appearances coming from Kurt Russell and Gina Rodriquez, who adopted the roles of Jimmy and Andrea, respectively. Elsewhere, Ethan Suplee and John Malkovich even featured, portraying Jason and Vidrine, with the latter doing a great job of depicting a detestable executive responsible for making key decisions, albeit with slightly less screen time than most.
Overall, Deepwater Horizon managed to tick a number of different boxes when it came to successful Hollywood blockbusters and it provided more than enough entertainment and realism throughout the entire one-hundred and seven-minute runtime to make this a worthy watch. Factor in the notion that this was based on a true story, and you have yourself one of the best films released in 2016. As previously mentioned, Deepwater Horizon is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
“You’re not going to die. Trust me.”Mike Williams – Deepwater Horizon