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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 30 September 2016 (USA)
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A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster, when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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"Deep Water Horizon" is an abstract animated short that did the festival circuit immediately following the BP Oil Spill of 2010. The entire piece is sourced from and representative of the ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Harrell
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Landry
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O'Bryan
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Sims
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Kaluza
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Vidrine
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Kuchta (as Dave Maldonado)
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In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project's long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers' fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig's various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,223,544 (USA) (30 September 2016)

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$61,284,947 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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The final day of filming was on 8/7/2015. See more »

Goofs

At 13 minutes when Kurt Russell is in the Helicopter on his way to the rig, he is seen reading a weather report. As the camera pans onto the report, the heading on it is misspelled "Weater Report". See more »

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Felicia: Is it just me or did it get real bright in there all of a sudden? Mike, what is that? Is everything ok? Mike?
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During the opening logos and first few opening credits, you can hear a real life audio clip from the trial that ensued following the disaster. See more »

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Featured in Deepwater Surveillance: Behind the Scenes (2017) See more »

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FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff, and Anthony Jackson
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An Emotional Thrill Ride
30 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Deepwater Horizon is the first of two Peter Berg directed films this year, and if Patriots Day is anywhere near as good as this film we could be looking at quite a few nominations for Berg come February.

Deepwater Horizon tells the story of the crew members of the rig of the same name in April 2010, when the largest oil spill in U.S. history began. Berg is always a guy to count on with this type of harrowing true story. He has the skills of an action film director while also having the delicate hand for an emotionally powerful touch. And much like the recently released 'Sully', this film is a strong tale about the power of the human spirit.

Putting Battleship aside, Berg has always had a knack for directing high intensity sequences of trauma and thrills. Even taking that note into a smaller scale with Friday Night Lights, Berg is great at managing to balance intensity and emotion. Deepwater Horizon is perhaps his biggest scale film thus far, but it's also incredibly personal as well. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, and Kate Hudson. All of them get the opportunity to act in small intimate moments as well as physically demanding scenes.

Usually, it's those small moments that bring the emotions out of me, and that was Kate Hudson here. I feel like she hasn't gotten a lot to do since her breakout with Almost Famous, but this may be the best she's been since. She plays Wahlberg's wife, and it's simply her reactions to the devastation on the oil rig while she's at home, that really got to me. Powerful stuff.

With all that said, sometimes the high octane thrills feel to be heightened just for heightening certain situations. Berg never loses sight of the end goal here, but some 'action'-ish scenes are almost a little too much, considering how contained this story feels. It doesn't take you out of the film, but you will feel like it could have been handled differently.

Like Berg's previous film, Lone Survivor, it does a nice job of honoring those who died at the rig and the families severely affected by the tragedy. It's a powerful film with gripping performances from Hudson and the rest of the cast that will likely lead it right into the awards season come winter time.

+Berg's delicate touch

+Hudson

+Devastating

-Some heightened moments

8.6/10


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