Deepwater Horizon

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

Current rating: Rating: 4.16
based on 282 votes and 64 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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  • 3 stars "I get that Peter Berg was trying to wrap the story nicely from the beginning overlay talk which was clearly in a courtroom or hearing, and then show what happened on the platform and how a billion moving parts and bad decisions or decisions you think are good because everyone is in agreement end up making things go wrong and then finish with the obligatory pictures and write ups about the survivors. But I think they should have focused on the actual worst oil disaster in US history and show more about the environment etc. Good effects though. I really felt like people were hit by 1 ton doors and cut by glass and broken limbs and extreme heat."
  • 5 stars "An excellent movie about a tragedy that should have never happened. The acting was very believable and the technical parts were well explained so that the veiwer was not left in the dark about what was going on. Well worth the time to watch."
  • 5 stars "excellent movie"