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Deepwater Horizon is an action/drama biopic that takes a look back at the notorious BP oil spill disaster of 2010. The movie follows technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his experience on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. After a series of unfortunate events, the oil rig explodes and it becomes a matter of survival for the people on board. Other actors in the film include Kurt Russell as Jimmy “Mr. Jimmy Harrell, John Malkovich as Donald Vidrine, and Kate Hudson as Felicia Williams.
If I had to use one word to describe Deepwater Horizon, it would be intense.
The film featured lots of devastation and destruction, and believe it or not, my dad was crying at the end of it. It showed a gritty and realistic portrayal of the events, despite reports that it wasn’t very accurate. Deepwater Horizon marks the second collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg (the first being Lone Survivor), and it’s obvious that they know how to bring past events to life on the big screen. It is easy to feel totally immersed in the situation and tragedy similarly to the people on the rig. The film carries heavy themes of bravery, courage, and corporate greed. One negative aspect was the secondary dramatic story line with Mike Williams’s love interest. Although it did show how Mike’s loved ones were impacted by the event, I thought it was unnecessary and very cliché.
Overall, Deepwater Horizon is an intense thrill-ride that was able to show you the extent and tragedy of the largest oil spill in US history. I give this film four out of five and I’d recommend giving it a watch. Deepwater Horizon is rated PG-13 and you can go see it at most theaters.

★★★★★ Five Stars

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