Deepwater Horizon

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  107 min.
Release Date: September 30, 2016
DVD/Blu-ray: January 10, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.16
based on 278 votes and 62 reviews
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Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez

Inspiration: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


In the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, creating the worst oil spill in American history. This film recounts the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

On a seemingly ordinary day, an engineer named Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) says goodbye to his wife (Kate Hudson) and daughter before heading off to sea. But once aboard the oil rig, he finds his senior, Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell), is in a conflict with visiting BP executives, who insist on a drilling operation going ahead despite safety concerns.

When Louisiana BP manager Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) forces the workers to run a series of pressure tests on the rig, the pipes overwhelm, and the men are soon fighting for their lives on the burning oil rig in the middle of the sea.

Director: Peter Berg
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, David Womark
Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand
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  • 5 stars "excellent movie"
  • 4 stars "Good docudrama that moved along well. Perhaps, some of the special effects were overdone and more suitable for a superhero action movie . Nevertheless, well worth seeing and a real reminder of how important the bottom line is for too many large companies , even at the risk of human lives and the environment."
  • 5 stars "This is a great movie! Very exciting and entertaining. I would see it at the box office if possible for all the special fx."