Deepwater Horizon (2016) Review

Rating: B

The director that brought you Lone Survivor, Peter Berg, brings you Deepwater Horizon. An emotional true story about the real heroes of the disastrous explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With shedding light on what happened, we all will be again angry at BP.

Based on the events that happened on April 20, 2010. When an explosion happened on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), which was owned and operated by Transocean and drilling for BP in the Macondo Prospect oil field. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days. Eleven people went missing and were never found and it is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history. This is the story about the heroes who helped each other to stay alive on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.


At first we are introduced to the main characters that include chief electronic technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg), who is the hero in this story, the compassionate boss of the crew Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell); rig worker Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez), the lady that get over stressed when things get chaotic; and representing BP Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich), who you can say is the villain in the story. We are given a little glimpse in their family lives and what kind of characters they are (except for Jimmy Harrell and Donald Vidrine). I would’ve liked to know the characters more (then the movie might be 3 hours long, I wouldn’t like that), still I got a little feeling on what characteristics do they have.

In the story, it showed us really well on who is to blame for the explosion and it is BP – pushing workers and causing the explosion. I was so surprised that when I was watching the movie, I got really angry at BP guys. They only care about saving money and that the drilling needs to been done faster – do they even think about safety not just greed for money? This all will really make some people angry again about what BP did for our environment – at least it got me angry. With giving us who is to blame – we didn’t get much in explaining in how the problem happened on the rig. Some audiences might get confused in understanding how everything works and so on.


This movie really well showed us the total destruction of the oil rig and it did it quite well not showing us so much CGI – it all looked totally real. All the explosions and people being thrown off board. Peter Berg did it in a true horror way at how it should be done. Everything almost felt like an action movie. I was griping my chair and could not believe on what I was seeing on the screen – it looked amazing. Peter Berg did an amazing job in directing – give this man few more disaster movies and bring Mark Wahlberg with him too. But also there was a downside – sometimes I felt that this movie was a little bit Hollywood. Some scenes looked/felt like they were added that didn’t happen and I get it, Hollywood does that. Sometimes you have to add some spices to make it a little better.

For me the movie was really emotional. With seeing how a wife (Kate Hudson) reacts on hearing that his husband Mike Williams is in an explosion on the oil rig – was emotional for me. It is always hard to hear bad news and Kate Hudson did a great job in portraying a character like this. With all the loss of life that is shown on the screen, you feel for them all – even if you weren’t introduced to them that much, you still were sad when something bad happened. Deepwater Horizon did a wonderful job in making me feel so many emotions in 107 minutes – I felt angry, relieved, anxious, and you won’t believe me but I felt also happy (because some laughs were put in the movie).


It would’ve been good if the movie would’ve display the aftermath of the events like the impact it had on our environment and so on – just some scenes would’ve been good. With all the actors involved in Deepwater Horizon, you can expect from them to bring their A game and they did it. With their performances they made the characters with souls and you feel for them all through the panic and horrendous chaos.

Conclusion – Deepwater Horizon is a movie you have to see. Even if you are not interested in the story, you will get a great Hollywood disaster movie that offers everything from filmmaking/cinematography, acting, explosion/action and so much more. You will be stunned by the visuals and will be hooked by all the events that are happening on the screen. With little explanation of the aftermath of the events and explanation on how everything works, we still get a great movie worth seeing.

Running time: 107 minutes; Production companies: Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment; Distributed by: Summit Entertainment;

Directed by: Peter Berg; Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Wahlberg, Mark Vahradian, Stephen Levinson, David Womark; Screenplay by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand; Story by: Matthew Sand; Based on: Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul; Cinematography: Enrique Chediak; Music: Steve Jablonsky; Edited by: Colby Parker Jr., Gabriel Fleming;

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson and many more.


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