“THE TRAGEDY AT THE DEEPWATER HORIZON IS AS INTENSE A TRUE STORY DRAMA THAT YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR”
DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016) 5 Stars out of 5
DEEPWATER HORIZON is as good of an intense, suspenseful dramatic thriller that you will see this year. From the opening words of dialogue through to the biographical end credits, the film grabs you by the neck and never lets go. It is a $100 million dollar film that depicts with authenticity, the last hours of a doomed oil drilling rig. The death of Deepwater Horizon on the night of April 20, 2010, led to one of the largest environmental disasters in American history.
A replica of the Deepwater Horizon (built to 85% scale) was erected in the parking lot of an abandoned theme park in New Orleans. The helipad alone was 73 feet high. During the eight months of construction, 3.2 million pounds of steel was used. A tank was built beneath the structure to simulate the Gulf of Mexico. It took a week to fill the 2.1 million gallons of water.
The film is well directed by Peter Berg (BATTLESHIP, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE KINGDOM and LONE SURVIVOR). His style provides less words and more action. His actors include Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Robert Kaluza and Kate Hudson. The script is by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand.
Watching any disaster movie when there is a tragic loss of life brings emotional sadness. Watching this true story of corporate greed will also bring out our anger and disgust. The message alone is worth the 5 Star review.