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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 »
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 (email@example.com)
A lot of oilfield workers in the Gulf of Mexico were against the making of the film, because they felt that it could dishonor the men who died during the actual event. However, Mike Williams (one of the survivors) was all in for the film, and worked on it with the crew, along with another survivor of the event. He felt it was a good way of showing people the circumstances that the crew members went through, and that the goal of the film crew was to make it look as real as possible. See more »
When Mike Williams and Mr. Jimmy are walking out of the helicopter terminal to the helicopter pads there is a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter parked right outside the terminal with registration number - N492BG. They walk past this helicopter and far beyond it passing numerous helicopters despite the fact that the helicopter they fly to the rig on is N492BG; the first helicopter they passed. See more »
A Decent Watch for the Sake of the Subject and Acting
Based on one of the worst environmental disasters, Deepwater Horizon does well enough - largely due to its casting and well-directed climax. From what I have read, the movie made some technical mistakes, but that may be noticeable to people who have read about the disaster in detail.
Story (7/10): Deepwater horizon brings back the memories of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster that was perhaps one of the worst environmental disasters till date. The story revolves around the Chief Electrical Engineer, played by Mark Wahlberg, and general operational supervisor, played by Kurt Russell, and their futile efforts to convince the money minded BP officials about the potentially fatal dangers of trimmed down inspections and distorted tests. Unfortunately, the inevitable happens and the story moves around how the Chief Electrical Engineer goes beyond the call of duty to save every single life possible. In real life incident based movies - research can make or break the movie. The movie falls a little short in terms of the accuracy and details of the events and the cause of the explosion.
Acting (8/10): Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg did great work in lead roles. Mark Wahlberg has this subtle honesty that gets projected in almost every movie and has helped him a lot here with the kind of character he played. Kurt Russell, complementing Mark, projects a strong leader who survives some of the most brutal blows as the rig sets ablaze. John Malkovich, playing the negative role, is impressive with his dialog delivery. However, what was more noticeable was the screen presence of the supporting cast around these two. I felt this was a movie where everyone gave their best, or at least tried to. In such movies, the lead actors tend to take over the entire movie but that didn't happen here.
Direction (7/10): Peter Berg does a decent job with a slow and vague build up to the plot. However, once the disaster hits, the direction of sequences and the special effects is very impressive. In patches, the director stretches it too far in terms of showing the protagonists survive intensely fatal blows - but I guess that's why they make movies. The use of supporting cast and allowing them to show their presence makes the movie a little unique.
Overall (7/10): In spite of some technical mistakes and below par first half, this movie is a decent watch for the sake of the subject and acting.
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