Deepwater Horizon (2016)
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a deep sea oil drilling ship in the Gulf of Mexico, had a disastrous explosion causing one of the biggest oil spills in history. This is the story of what happened.
In what is a straightforward disaster survival movie similar to The 33 released last year, Deepwater Horizon tells a deeply horrific tale that is only 6 years removed from the actual events. With actors such as Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell on board, you know this movie is going to be exaggerated for Hollywood effect. For some this will be added entertainment while others will find this action overdone.
The movie is a tale of 2 halves. The first half is setting up the problem and why the disaster occurred in the first place, and the 2nd half is the action survival part that feels like the last hour of Titanic. As you can tell from the synopsis, this movie doesn’t have much of a plot. The filmmakers let the audience know in the simplest of ways what happened (blaming BP oil) on the ship. After that, it basically becomes a tense thriller about surviving.
For me, this movie was ok. You can tell very easily that this movie has Hollywood written all over it with the special effects. Don’t get me wrong, the events of this movie were historical and sad, but the movie itself is dumbed down and not very thought provoking. This is the kind of story I would rather see in a documentary instead of watching Marky Mark run around on a ship with explosions at every corner. This movie doesn’t deviate from the trailer so you already know if this is the kind of movie for you. I just don’t know for sure if it should have been made into a movie period. Co-starring Dylan O’Brian, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson, and Ethan Slurpee.
5/10 Stars – For some, they will get wrapped up in the tragedy of the story, but for me, this movie is a glorified disaster movie that should be a documentary.