‘Deepwater Horizion’ Review

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Directed by Peter Berg

Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand

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

★★☆

“Deepwater Horizon,” tells the true-life events that led up to the massive BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. Many may remember that this caused many millions of gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf, one of the worst environmental distracters in US history, and I believe it is also the worst oil spill disaster ever. I believe that is both inside and outside of the US.

“Deepwater Horizon” is a lot like many other movies that provide a dramatization of real events because it provides insight into what led up to the event and fascinating depiction of what it may have been like from the perspective of the people who experienced the event. While dramatizations and secondhand accounts of any given event can never fully capture the experience, there is something to be said for trying to capture an ineffable experience. I thought that Peter Berg did an excellent job capturing the chaotic nature of an event such as the Deepwater Horizon.

I would say that Berg expertly directs the film, he manages not only to capture the chaos of the event but delivers the information surrounding what caused the explosion and the subsequent oil spill in a way that requires no degree in engineering to understand, much like Adam McKay did in “The Big Short.” It is a lot of information to digest, and it can be complicated. The only negative I can find in Berg’s direction is that when the rig starts blowing up it becomes more of an action movie. Which makes sense given Berg’s background with action movies, but it is out of place in a drama about a major ecological disaster.

The highlight of the movie is the performances. The film was performed ably by the entire ensemble, although I do not think that anyone in the cast will make the cut come Oscar time. Mark Wahlberg is excellent in the movie, and this performance makes me excited for the upcoming “Patriots Day” about the Boston Marathon bombing, which will also be directed by Peter Berg.

“Deepwater Horizon” is a well-made movie that may have wanted to be much deeper and more profound than it was, because I do not think that it explored courage and triumph as fully as it could have. Even though the movie does border on becoming an action movie at one point, “Deepwater Horizon” is well worth the watch.

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