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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

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A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

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Peter Berg

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Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay by), Matthew Sand (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Mike Williams
Kurt Russell ... Jimmy Harrell
Douglas M. Griffin ... Landry
James DuMont ... O'Bryan
Joe Chrest ... Sims
Gina Rodriguez ... Andrea Fleytas
Brad Leland ... Kaluza
John Malkovich ... Vidrine
David Maldonado ... Kuchta (as Dave Maldonado)
J.D. Evermore ... Dewey A. Revette (as JD Evermore)
Ethan Suplee ... Jason Anderson
Jason Pine Jason Pine ... Stephen Ray Curtis
Jason Kirkpatrick Jason Kirkpatrick ... Aaron Dale Burkeen
Robert Walker Branchaud ... Doug Brown
Dylan O'Brien ... Caleb Holloway
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site | See more »

Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deepwater Horizon See more »

Filming Locations:

Chalmette, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,223,544, 2 October 2016

Gross USA:

$61,433,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,790,373
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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Dolby Digital (2.0 Night Listening)| IMAX 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A layman's description and example of the Cement Bond Log, a.k.a. CBL; upon landing on the rig, the OIM (Mr. Jimmy) asks the departing logging crew if they completed their CBL/VDL run. The logging engineer shrugs and proceeds to board the helicopter. Shortly after, the OIM confirms with the BP Well Site Leader, or "Company Man", that no CBL was run. The CBL is used to verify the casing to cement and formation to cement presence and its "bonding" to the casing and to the formation. A "sonic" logging tool is lowered into the well, all the way down towards the zone of interest. The tool is then activated and slowly pulled out of the hole. When energized, the "sonic" transmitter sends acoustic pings around a 360 degrees motion, and detectors placed at various distance in the tool "listen" for the return of these pings, monitor the time it took for the ping to return and how much it was attenuated by the presence or not of cement. Take a large rimmed glass (any glass will do though) and put it in an empty sink with the drain plugged. Flick your fingers at the top of the glass rim, and listen for the sound. Fill up the sink around the glass, and once the glass is immersed in the water, repeat the finger flick. Listen for the sound difference. Now imagine the glass is the casing, and the water is the cement, and you have pretty much understood what a CBL tool does. Of course, this is a very simplistic representation of the log principle as there are more variables to be accounted for, but at least now, you have a better idea of how it works. See more »

Goofs

When the Emergency Disconnect Sequence is attempted from the bridge, closing the BOP shear rams to cut the drill pipe and disconnecting the Riser from the BOP, the crew check the blown out well for any change in the fire or flow intensity for an indication of positive outcome of the BOP closure and successful disconnect. Given that the BOP is at the seabed, and the Riser and the drill pipe above the cut and disconnection are full of hydrocarbons up to the surface, it would have taken hours for the blow-out and fire to subside. Therefore, in such a situation, you activate your emergency shut down, and you leave the vessel as fast as possible, hoping for the best. See more »

Quotes

Mike Williams: Hey, you know the passwords, right? Where the insurance stuff is. You know, call Schuman first.
Felicia: What are you talking about?
Mike Williams: I just...
Felicia: What are you on about?
Mike Williams: I just... I just got a little spooked on the go-home chopper last hitch. It's not... gimme some of that.
Felicia: Babe, the only time you start worrying about a Marine is when he stops bitching.
Mike Williams: Don't use my lines against me.
Felicia: I'm using your lines against you.
Mike Williams: That... don't use my lines.
Felicia: I just did.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

TAKE ME DOWN
Written and Performed by Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark, Jr. appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Corporate greed leads to disaster.
24 September 2017 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

It's the second movie I see in a row where Mark Wahlberg is presented as the heroic average guy. Do all Americans see themselves as former underwear models?

The movie was OK. First show how good and professional and real people are the heroes of the story, demonize the middle management who wants to get things done hoping it will all be OK and risking everybody's lives, express the idea that money hungry sons of bitches are to blame, then blow everything up.

The film presents only the actual event, with lots of fire, explosions, blow outs and debris flying everywhere. The lower on the corporate ladder people are the more heroic they appear. That's dramatization for you.

I would have loved to have a small part in the end dedicated to the BP cover up and the legal mess afterwards, but they kept quiet. I don't even know if it was all cleared up by 2010. However, you should look up Peter Berg's article about BP's interference with the movie. Just look for "The 'well from hell' – my fight with BP to film Deepwater Horizon" and you'll find it.

Bottom line: classic disaster movie, with a straight story of the event, rather than the entire political and legislative chaos that ensued.


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