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  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 September 2016 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: Chalmette, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $110,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $60,841,537 (USA) (18 November 2016)
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Griffin |See full cast & crew »
  • Original Music By: Steve Jablonsky
  • Soundtrack: FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
  • Sound Mix: DTS (DTS: X) | Dolby Atmos | 12-Track Digital Sound
  • Plot Keyword: Oil | System Test | Environmental Disaster | Explosion | Oil Spill

Deepwater Horizon (2016) Writing Credits By:

  • Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay by) and
  • Matthew Sand (screenplay by)
  • Matthew Sand (screen story)
  • David Rohde (article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours”) and
  • Stephanie Saul (article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours”)

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  • An oil rig was built just for this film, this rig is located in Chalmette, Louisiana where filming mostly took place. Deepwater Horizon 2016 It has been coined as the largest set piece ever built. Deepwater Horizon 2016 203 of 203 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The producers of the movie contacted Mark Wahlberg and told him they wanted a screen combo with an older and younger male lead together. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Wahlberg started to contact some of the older actors he knew, like Jack Nicholson. Deepwater Horizon 2016 But, to his surprise, the producers wanted Wahlberg to be the older lead, with someone like Dylan O’Brien being the younger one. Deepwater Horizon 2016 271 of 275 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • In Kate Hudson’s Instagram she published photo with her step-father Kurt Russell. Deepwater Horizon 2016 She mentioned this movie will be the first movie working with him. Deepwater Horizon 2016 136 of 137 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The actor, Graham McGinnis, portraying the Coast Guard Lieutenant is an actual active duty Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer stationed at USCG Airstation New Orleans. Deepwater Horizon 2016 69 of 69 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • A large number of oilfield workers in the Gulf of Mexico are against making the film because they feel that it dishonors the men who died during the actual event. Deepwater Horizon 2016 However Mike Williams (Survivor of the real event) is all for the film and actually worked on and with the crew along with another survivor of the event. Deepwater Horizon 2016 He feels it is a good way of showing people the circumstances that the crew members went through and that the goal of the film crew was to make it as real as possible. Deepwater Horizon 2016 145 of 148 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Recieved a standing ovation after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Deepwater Horizon 2016 40 of 41 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Mark Wahlberg reportedly stayed in character on set, in between each scene and take. Deepwater Horizon 2016 47 of 50 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • This Mark Wahlberg’s sixth film, based on a true story. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The other five are, Lone Survivor (2013) The Fighter (2010), Pain & Gain (2013) Invincible (2006), and The Perfect Storm (2000). Deepwater Horizon 2016 17 of 17 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Second collaboration of Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg, the first was Lone Survivor (also based on a true story). Deepwater Horizon 2016 In development for both actor and director are The Six Billion Dollar Man and American Gangster. Deepwater Horizon 2016 38 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson share only one scene together. Deepwater Horizon 2016 13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

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Goofs: Factual errors: Before the Helicopter lands on the Deep Water Horizon, Kurt Russel, as OIM, spots the Supply Boat not far away from the Rig. Deepwater Horizon 2016 He seems to be dismayed to find the supply vessel around the MODU. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Kurt Russel’s reaction would have been correct if the Damon Bankston had been underneath the Deep Water Horizon, ready to receive the displaced mud from the well as it was replaced with sea water prior to setting the temporary abandonment cement plug. Deepwater Horizon 2016 As seen prior to chopper touch down, the supply vessel’s position is not out of the normal, as they usually get closer to the rig upon helicopter landing, in case of a mishap. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Supply vessels usually stay out of the rig they serve, but never too far away, unless they need to tether to the rig for loading and unloading, equipment, mud, cement, fresh water, whatever. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Just seeing the Damon B.Bankston around the rig should not have been disturbing.

Deepwater Horizon (2016) Plot: A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. Deepwater Horizon 2016 history. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Full summary » »

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Deepwater Horizon (2016) Story: In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. Deepwater Horizon 2016 However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project’s long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. Deepwater Horizon 2016 On April 20, the workers’ fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig’s various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Written byKenneth Chisholm (

Deepwater Horizon (2016) Synopsis: The film opens with actual recorded audio of a hearing from Mike Williams’ testimony following the real-life aftermath of events that inspired this film.

Mike (Mark Wahlberg) wakes up to hear his wife Felicia (Kate Hudson) describe a dream she has in which a large rabbit is mimicking her every move. Deepwater Horizon 2016 She believes the rabbit was her mother, whom Mike doesn’t seem to have liked. Deepwater Horizon 2016 After the two get dressed, they listen to their daughter Sydney’s (Stella Allen) presentation on Mike that she is set to do for her class. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Sydney talks about her dad working on an oil rig and that he “tames the dinosaurs”. Deepwater Horizon 2016 She asks her dad to bring her back a dinosaur tooth so she can back that statement up.

Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) is on her way to work, but her car won’t start. Deepwater Horizon 2016 She tries to fix it, but the engine craps out on her. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Her boyfriend gives her a ride on his motorcycle.

Mike and Andrea arrive at a base to be taken to the offshore oil well, Deepwater Horizon. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Joining them are a number of men, including Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell). Deepwater Horizon 2016 The whole crew is brought to the well, just as another team is leaving after they were supposed to be doing a cement log. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The main crew isn’t happy with the other team’s departure.

While everyone does their job, one of Mike’s co-workers presents him with a real dino tooth to bring home to Sydney. Deepwater Horizon 2016 He is extremely thankful.

Jimmy meets with the bosses, Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) and Robert Kaluza (Brad Leland), to discuss the other team leaving before completing the cement log. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Jimmy wants to do a negative pressure test on the rig to make sure things are running smoothly. Deepwater Horizon 2016 They let him proceed after much back-and-forth.

The crew working by the drill perform the test on the drill pipe, resulting in a pressure of 1395. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Don then has them do a test from the kill line this time, with significantly safer results. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The crew then starts to pump out the mud from the system. Deepwater Horizon 2016 A large buildup of mud gathers into the pipe, causing it to burst and push the crew off their feet with the blowback. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The technicians manage to stop the mud from spewing. Deepwater Horizon 2016 However, moments later, the earth shakes and another burst of mud spews through the hole. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Methane gasses begin to rise and add pressure until the pipe can’t take it anymore, and the result is a powerful explosion that sets fire to the whole rig. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Jimmy is injured while taking a shower, and Mike gets knocked backwards after talking to Felicia on Skype.

The drill crew work frantically to try and contain the situation, but some of the men are killed from the explosion. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike works with one technician, Caleb Holloway (Dylan O’Brien), in getting the men out of the rig and onto a lifeboat. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Off the rig, Andrea tries to call a mayday, but she is reprimanded for her actions without authorization.

The coast guard is alerted to the situation, while Felicia learns about the fire, and she begins to worry for her husband’s life.

Mike finds Jimmy severely injured with a beat-up eye and a bad foot after a huge shard of glass got stuck in it. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike carries him upwards to safety, but the lifeboat is full and has taken off without them. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Luckily, the coast guard has arrived and has started taking the remaining crew members with them, but another explosion prevents Mike and Andrea from making it with them. Deepwater Horizon 2016 They have to climb to a higher level amid the flames in order to jump and make it safely to the boat. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Andrea is too terrified to make the jump, even as Mike tries to get her to go. Deepwater Horizon 2016 With no choice, he grabs Andrea and pushes her off the rig with her life jacket on. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike jumps afterwards as well. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The two are pulled to safety. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The crew is then taken away as the rig continues to burn and sink.

The survivors are given medical treatment. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike is swarmed by reporters outside a hotel, and he is shoved against a wall by a distressed man asking him if his son got off the rig. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike goes up to his room and breaks down as he tries to take a shower. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Felicia and Sydney enter the room to hold him tight. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike gives Sydney the tooth. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Afterwards, Mike and his family leave as he watches Andrea and Caleb reunite with their loved ones, while Jimmy walks in on crutches. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mike and Felicia hug him too.

We see actual footage of Mike Williams, Andrea Fleytas, and James Harrell giving testimonies in the aftermath of the disaster. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Williams never returned to sea and lives in Texas with his family. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Fleytas lives in California and no longer works in the oil industry. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Harrell continues to work for Transocean. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza were indicted on manslaughter charges, but they were later settled. Deepwater Horizon 2016 The resulting oil spill lasted 87 days and spilled over 210 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the worst oil disaster in history. Deepwater Horizon 2016 11 crew members were reported dead, and the film concludes by paying tribute to those men.

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  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura known as producer
  • Lauren Downey known as associate producer
  • Petra Holtorf known as co-producer
  • Jonathan King known as executive producer
  • Cliff Lanning known as co-producer
  • Todd Lewis known as co-producer
  • Michael Paseornek known as production executive
  • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer
  • Mark Vahradian known as producer
  • Mark Wahlberg known as producer
  • David Womark known as producer

Watch Deepwater Horizon (2016) Movie Free Online HD FullCast & Crew:

  • Mark Wahlberg known as Mike Williams
  • Kurt Russell known as Jimmy Harrell
  • Douglas M. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Griffin known as Landry
  • James DuMont known as O’Bryan
  • Joe Chrest known as Sims
  • Gina Rodriguez known as Andrea Fleytas
  • Brad Leland known as Kaluza
  • John Malkovich known as Vidrine
  • David Maldonado known as Kuchta (as Dave Maldonado)
  • J.D. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Evermore known as Dewey A. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Revette
  • Ethan Suplee known as Jason Anderson
  • Jason Pine known as Stephen Ray Curtis
  • Jason Kirkpatrick known as Aaron Dale Burkeen
  • Robert Walker Branchaud known as Doug Brown
  • Dylan O’Brien known as Caleb Holloway
  • Jonathan Angel known as Gordon Jones
  • Bill McMullen known as Halliburton Rep
  • Jeremy Sande known as Adam Weise
  • Kate Hudson known as Felicia
  • Stella Allen known as Sydney
  • Peter Berg known as Mr. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Skip (as Pete Berg)
  • Juston Street known as Anthony Gervasio
  • Anthony Centonze known as Dan Barron / Roughneck #1 (as Tony Centonze)
  • Zachary Guerra known as Coast Guard Commander
  • Chris Ashworth known as Coast Guard Officer #1
  • Graham McGinnis known as Coast Guard Officer #2
  • Robert Nash known as Coast Guard Officer #3
  • Henri Esteve known as Andrea’s Housemate
  • Sean Carter known as ROV Operator
  • Elizabeth Carey known as Frenchman / Schlumberger #1
  • Mustafa Harris known as Bankston Crewman / Medic
  • Joel Allen known as Old Man Carl
  • Henry Frost known as Shane M. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Roshto
  • Terry Milam known as Keith Blair Manuel
  • Garrett Kruithof known as Karl Kleppinger Jr.
  • Michael Howell known as Roy Wyatt Kemp (as Michael A. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Howell)
  • Ronald Weaver known as Donald Clark
  • Deneen Tyler known as Paula Walker
  • Jim Klock known as Scared Crew Member
  • Leighton Gonzales known as ROV Operator #2
  • Michael O’Brien known as ROV Supervisor
  • Garrett Hines known as Wyman Wheeler
  • Rob Steinberg known as BP Rep
  • Trace Adkins known as Massive Man
  • Kurt Peterson known as Rescue Swimmer
  • Cierra Price known as Counter Agent #1
  • Kenneth Billings known as Crew Member
  • Ilan Muallem known as Andrea’s Boyfriend (as Ilan Srulovicz)
  • Wesley Figaro known as Coastguard Officer #4
  • Jennifer Tamminen known as Coastguard Officer #5
  • Carliene O’Connor known as Coastguard Officer #6
  • Craig Shellenberger known as First Mate
  • Trent Zimmer known as DP Officer
  • Ronnie Cupstid known as Subsea Engineer
  • David William Donze known as Still Photographer
  • Micah le Blanc known as Incoming Subsea Engineer
  • Patrick Arabie known as Chief Mechanic
  • Brandt Allen known as Aircraft Commaner
  • Kelly Smith known as Co-Pilot #1
  • Stephen Nicoll known as Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
  • Preston Brice known as Roughneck #2
  • Randolph Perkins known as Rig Worker #1
  • Cedric Gervais known as Frenchman / Schlumberger #2
  • David Grutman known as Frenchman / Schlumberger #3
  • Peter Trentacosta II known as Life Boat Driver
  • Jenny Kubiak known as Counter Agent #2
  • Steve Fisher known as Transocean Employee
  • Tawnya Carr known as Bristow Advisory
  • Meghan Gatto known as Reporter #1
  • Tom Yura known as Reporter #2
  • Sandra Santiago known as Worried Mother
  • Scott Francis Campbell known as BP Escort (as Scott Campbell)
  • Barry Fallon known as BP Personnel
  • Mark Schotz known as Cowboy
  • Anthony ‘Ace’ Thomas known as Paula’s Husband
  • Barker Carlock known as Bankston Survivor #1
  • Tracy B. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Mann known as Bankston Survivor #2 (as Tracy Mann)
  • Richard Williams known as Pilot
  • Derek Thorsrud known as Co-Pilot #2
  • Nick Litchfield known as Deepwater Rescue Swimmer
  • Robert Lovett known as Deck Hand
  • Frédéric North known as Helicopter Pilot (as Fred North)
  • Mayla Parker known as Voice of Natalie (voice)
  • Darrell L. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Shuler known as Rig survivor
  • Chris Angerdina known as Bankston Tugboat Crew (uncredited)
  • Michael D. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Anglin known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Sue-Lynn Ansari known as Passengers (uncredited)
  • Robert Arceneaux known as Rov tech (uncredited)
  • John L. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Armijo known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Nazeema Bartek known as Heliport Greeter (uncredited)
  • Tony Beard known as Transocean Supervisor (uncredited)
  • Rusty Bourg known as Lifeboat #1 (uncredited)
  • Justin Burkhamer known as Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • Jeff Caperton known as Rough Neck – Survivor (uncredited)
  • Devin Lord Chachere known as Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • Timothy Cornelius known as Lifeboat #1 (uncredited)
  • Stephen J. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Cortez known as Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • Francis Dobrisky known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Micheal K. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Douglas known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Bud Galloway known as Lifeboat Evacuee (uncredited)
  • Parker Hankins known as Survivor’s Son (uncredited)
  • Pixie Hankins known as Survivor’s Daughter (uncredited)
  • Gary A. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Hecker known as Special Voices (uncredited)
  • Christopher Heskey known as Ruffneck (uncredited)
  • Julia Holt known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Ronnie Hooks known as Jimmy’s Wife (uncredited)
  • Adam Horwitz known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Jeremy D. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Jackson known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Alexander Christopher Jones known as Lifeboat Evacuee #2 (uncredited)
  • Allyson Leigh Jordan known as Wife (uncredited)
  • Patrick Kearns known as Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • John C. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Klein known as Channel 5 Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Jenny Lacey known as Flight Attendant (uncredited)
  • Rob Mars known as Rough Neck (uncredited)
  • Mike R. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Moreau known as Roughneck / Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • Duane Moseley known as Evacuee (uncredited)
  • Chuck Newsom known as Heliport Crew (uncredited)
  • Ron M Patterson known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Devin Posey known as BP Victim’s Child (uncredited)
  • Hannah Powell-Yost known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • James Rawlings known as Bankston Survivor #3 (uncredited)
  • Sammy Romeo known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Robert Segari known as Bankston Tugboat Crew (uncredited)
  • Logan Douglas Smith known as Roughneck (uncredited)
  • Sean Stevens known as Electrician (uncredited)
  • Daryl Thibodaux known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Danny Vince known as Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • Jacob Walker known as Survivor (uncredited)
  • Samuel A. Deepwater Horizon 2016 Woodworth known as Rig Survivor (uncredited)
  • Jesse Yarborough known as Roughneck (uncredited)
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  1. Alaa from United Kingdom says:

    I am an engineer working offshore in North Sea. I have seen the moviethis evening in UK. Is really a good movie, congratulations to allinvolved you done a great job showing a little bit of ”life inoffshore rig”. Looks like in this movie is BP fault but in real worldat the rig site everyone has the right to STOP THE JOB if something iswrong or something is going on against the procedures. I have workbefore in BP rigs in North Sea and I stop the job when I wasn’t happywith what is going on I had all the support from the Service Companythat I am working for and also BP company understood my concerns. Ifyou are a engineer, roughneck, derrick-man or whatever you are at RigSite if you think that something is going wrong and against theprocedures STOP THE JOB. I do it and I will do again better to lose myjob than to see people dying.(Thanks for reading my review)

  2. bob-the-movie-man from United Kingdom says:

    “Full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing” could be a summary of thismodern-age disaster movie. In 2010 the “Deepwater Horizon” drilling rigoff the coast of Louisiana failed in spectacular fashion, bursting intoflames and spewing millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf ofMexico in what was the worst oil-spill in American history. MarkWahlberg plays the well-respected electrical ‘Mr fixit’ Mike Williamson the rig, reporting to the Operations Manager Jimmy Harrell (KurtRussell).

    The exploratory project is way-behind and BP are not happy. Big-wigsfrom the company add support to Donald Vidrine, the BP site leader, inapplying mounting pressure on Harrell to press on regardless withoutall the necessary and time-consuming tests by Schlumberger beingcompleted. Rogue numbers in further tests are waved away as ‘glitches’.A familiar story of corporate greed and pressure overriding theexpert’s better judgment.

    When disaster strikes it strikes quickly, with some spectacular andexciting special effects that leave the audience especially hot underthe collar. Female support is provided by the comely Andrea Fleytas(Gina Rodriguez), given the almost impossible job of keeping thefloating bomb on station as chaos reigns about her. As an audience weare back on familiar ground here from classic Irwin Allen disastermovies such as “The Towering Inferno” and “The Poseidon Adventure”. Whowill make it, and who won’t?

    A more telling question here is “Do we care?” and unfortunately for thefilm, the answer is “Not really”. This feels a callous thing to saywhen this was a real and recent event and eleven people and – astouchingly illustrated at the end of the film in tribute – many of themfamily men with young kids, never went home again. But film-wise, weonly really get bought into the fate of Williams, whose back-story,with cute wife (Kate Hudson) and cute daughter (Stella Allen) we get tomeet and sympathize with.

    We get a minimalist view of Fleytas’s backstory, but only enough toprovide a recurring “Mustang” reference. And that’s it. All the othercharacters are just two-dimensional “rig crew”: cannon-fodder for thespecial effects team. The screenplay by Matthew Sand and MatthewCarnahan really doesn’t deliver enough heft to get us bought in.

    While the special effects are good, the sound design isn’t, with muchof the dialogue being incomprehensible.

    All the acting is fine, with the ever-watchable John Malkovich nicelyportraying the corporate head you love to hate. Wahlberg as welldelivers enough range to make you forget in this “action mode” that hewas also in “Ted”. And Rodriguez as a junior lead holds her own againstthe big guns in what is a creditable performance in a big film role forher.

    While “Lone Survivor”/”Battleship” director Peter Berg neatly providesan insight into life on and around rigs, and (via subtitles)descriptions of the drilling process which I found interesting, thiscomes down to the sum of a tense build up, an hour of freneticdisaster, and then a whimper of an ending. Where were some of thedramatic scenes of conflict in the congressional hearing that thefilm’s opening implies might come? Where are the scenes of ecologicaldisaster and local financial ruin to add emotional angles to the story?None of this is really exploited and the whole concoction comes acrossa bit “meh” as a result. Not a bad film by any means. But not one Iwill remember in a month or two’s time.

    (Agree? Disagree? For the graphical version of this review and tocomment please visit Thanks.)

  3. Mark Durfor from Seattle, WA says:

    In April of 2010, an offshore drilling rig named Deepwater Horizonexploded resulting in the worst oil spill in U. S. History. If you’veread my previous reviews about Eddie the Eagle, Steve Jobs, The BigShort and Spotlight, you know that it’s easy to get caught up in thedetails of how much of the story based on actual events really happenedand how much was embellished or altered to make a Hollywood movie.Along the way, I have made a decision to do no research into the factsof the real-life story and just focus solely on the movie itself. Imean, the movie makes no claims to be a historically accuratedocumentary, so I shouldn’t hold it to those standards. And this blogisn’t about movies being historically accurate when they don’tnecessarily claim to be. It’s based on two factors: how accurately themovie is portrayed by its preview, and the likelihood of the moviemaking it to my home collection. With that in mind, here’s my review:

    Mark Wahlberg plays Mike Williams who works on the drilling rig theDeepwater Horizon. But that’s the third thing we learn about Williamsfrom the preview. He’s a husband and a father first. He says goodbye tohis family before being flown by helicopter with his crew to the rig.All his daughter wants is a dinosaur fossil. All his wife (Kate Hudson)wants is for him to return safely. Once aboard the rig, an executivenamed Vidrine (John Malkovich) and others from British Petroleum aremore than anxious to commence with drilling. They skip a concrete testand excuse a failed system test. They are already 43 days behind andover budget and will do whatever it takes to not fall further behinddespite Mister Jimmy’s (Kurt Russell) stern objections. They shouldhave listened to Mister Jimmy because everyone’s worst nightmaresexplode into reality.

    Deepwater Horizon marks the reunion of Director Peter Berg and MarkWahlberg who collaborated on Lone Survivor three years ago. It wasnominated for Oscars for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing and won theScreen Actors Guild Award for best stunt team performance. WhileWahlberg has been nominated for his roles in The Fighter and TheDeparted, he’s one of those reliable actors who makes smart choices. Ifyou’ve liked one thing Wahlberg has done, odds are,you’ll like themall. Most of them won’t get nominated for awards, but they will all beentertaining. Berg is in the same category. He’s directed some reallygood movies (Lone Survivor, Battleship, Hancock,The Kingdom), but nonethat would really break into a critic’s top 50 list. Like Wahlberg, ifyou enjoyed one of Berg’s movies, odds are, you’ll at least feel yougot your money’s worth with all of them.

    From the preview, I said that Deepwater Horizon looked action-packedand visually stunning, but that it also looked predictable with piecesof the rig falling apart or blowing up blocking every turn as Williamsand the survivors try to find a way to escape. I anticipated 3 Starsbut I’m bumping that up to 4.0 Stars. It was exactly as the previewsaid it would be and it was absolutely predictable; however, eventhough you knew what was coming, it was so perfectly executed, it stillshocked you. From the beginning, there was no doubt about the fate ofthe rig as not-so-subtle clues were dropped along the way from hisdaughter’s school presentation, to the tie of the executive, to thehelicopter ride to the rig. You knew it was going to happen, but whenit did, it choked the breath right out of you and didn’t give it backuntil the very end of the movie. It is worth the money to watch intheatres. Though I’m not sure I’ll be owning Deepwater Horizon, I willbe watching it again.

  4. subxerogravity from United States says:

    Very action packed! very suspenseful!!

    I feel that I was right there with the crew of the Deepwater Horizonwhen it went up in flames. I could feel the heat and I could feel thepressure. Definitely worthy paying extra for the good seats.

    As a movie, I’m a huge fan of director, Peter Berg as a filmmaker. Ireally like how he portrays real life heroes.

    Mark Wahlberg, gives a stunning performance in this film. I got goodemotion from him. It was almost like watching Tom Hanks for a briefsecond.

    Also love watching Kurt Russell in the film as well. I think this isthe first time Russell and his step sister, Kate Hudson were in a movietogether.

    Deepwater Horizon was really fast paced and devastating. It’s notentirely an action movie or a disaster movie,but this drama containselements that work as one. Making it such a well rounded film.

  5. Thomas Drufke says:

    Deepwater Horizon is the first of two Peter Berg directed films thisyear, and if Patriots Day is anywhere near as good as this film wecould be looking at quite a few nominations for Berg come February.

    Deepwater Horizon tells the story of the crew members of the rig of thesame name in April 2010, when the largest oil spill in U.S. historybegan. Berg is always a guy to count on with this type of harrowingtrue story. He has the skills of an action film director while alsohaving the delicate hand for an emotionally powerful touch. And muchlike the recently released ‘Sully’, this film is a strong tale aboutthe power of the human spirit.

    Putting Battleship aside, Berg has always had a knack for directinghigh intensity sequences of trauma and thrills. Even taking that noteinto a smaller scale with Friday Night Lights, Berg is great atmanaging to balance intensity and emotion. Deepwater Horizon is perhapshis biggest scale film thus far, but it’s also incredibly personal aswell. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, and KateHudson. All of them get the opportunity to act in small intimatemoments as well as physically demanding scenes.

    Usually, it’s those small moments that bring the emotions out of me,and that was Kate Hudson here. I feel like she hasn’t gotten a lot todo since her breakout with Almost Famous, but this may be the bestshe’s been since. She plays Wahlberg’s wife, and it’s simply herreactions to the devastation on the oil rig while she’s at home, thatreally got to me. Powerful stuff.

    With all that said, sometimes the high octane thrills feel to beheightened just for heightening certain situations. Berg never losessight of the end goal here, but some ‘action’-ish scenes are almost alittle too much, considering how contained this story feels. It doesn’ttake you out of the film, but you will feel like it could have beenhandled differently.

    Like Berg’s previous film, Lone Survivor, it does a nice job ofhonoring those who died at the rig and the families severely affectedby the tragedy. It’s a powerful film with gripping performances fromHudson and the rest of the cast that will likely lead it right into theawards season come winter time.

    +Berg’s delicate touch



    -Some heightened moments


  6. sne-14344 says:

    VERY impressive: NO plot and highly misleading. Promulgates the ideathat oil comes from dead dinosaurs and gives the impression that it wasjust 2 low-level BP guys on the rig that made the decision to cut costsby skipping a cement test and failing to keep routine maintenance topnotch. No clear indictment of BP’s criminal company culture of safetynegligence for the benefit of stock dividends and executiveremuneration, as established by Lord John Browne and continued by TonyHayward.

    Much urgent and heroic pushing of buttons and switches and discussinggizmos with no explanation of what is going on or how this drillingtarget was geologically any different from all the other offshorelocations on Earth (Macondo being unlike most other drilling targetsbecause of extremely high fluid pressure in the formation, just belowthe fracture threshold of the rock layers holding the oil in). So fromthis movie, we get the news ALL oil drilling is SUPER dangerous. Theusual Hollywood negligence to script-writing. Might be meaningful torig workers, except I have the suspicion that anyone knowledgeablewould smell plenty of foni- baloni cooking.

    And then the solemn photo-tribute to the 11 guys killed as the creditsroll. Fine, but were they brave as they died one-by-one fighting tocontrol the well, as the script implies? I understand that all 11 wereinstantly killed in the initial blast. Of course, 99.99% of the viewerswill of have no idea that the Alexander Kjelland (1980) and Piper Alpha(1988) rig disasters each killed an order of magnitude more.

    And the only environmental representative in the movie is one bird(who, nevertheless, gave an Oscar-worthy performance).

  7. rgkarim from United States says:

    What is it about disasters that we enjoy watching? I could come up witha number of reasons, but the bottom line is that Hollywood has shiftedto dramatizing former events as a means for more movies. Hi, Robbie Khere bringing you another review of the latest films to grace thescreen. Tonight we hit Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg, KurtRussell, and a handful of other actors. Let’s get started.

    LIKES: • Great acting • Over the top graphics • Emotionally stimulating

    You might be thinking that I have gone crazy, after all Wahlberg hasn’thad the greatest roles. Deepwater Horizon breaks the mediocre streakand drops him into a position that may net him an Oscar nomination.Wahlberg’s portrayal of Mike Williams is certainly a heroic one filledwith wisdom, strength, and a calm edge that sets the stage for anatural leader. But there is also a realistic side brought out near thesecond half the screen that balances out the heroic theatrics ofHollywood. Kurt Russell no surprise plays his usual rugged role, makingsure to add the hard edge testosterone rush all older actors need tobring. Hudson and Malkovich get A’s as well, each bringing the neededinvolvement to round out the cast. All the extras and lesser billedroles complete the picture as a close oil crew, but much of their timeis spent standing around or ducking from fire.

    Speaking of fire, the visual effects are top notch in terms of computergraphic imaging. Deepwater Horizon’s reconstruction of an oil rigsuccumbing to its doom is very realistic. For you technical folks, thedirectors have crafted scenes to mimic the daily operations involvedwith pumping oil, from watching gritty mud flow through the pipe to thecracking foundation floor. That sound boring? Well those looking for alittle more suspense will be impressed when the whole operation blowsto pieces…literally. You might be amazed seeing the rig, and its crew,get covered in oil before erupting into a fiery inferno you’ve seen inthe trailers. My friend described the visuals being so good, he feltimmersed into the disaster, wanting to duck or dive as explosionsrattled the screen.

    Of course the real magic to the visual effects are the emotions itbrings with it. The various sequences and montages of the explodingmetal certainly paints a terrifying picture as you wonder how much timeis left until something falls. Now add our characters trying totraverse the obstacle course from heck, feeling horrifying chills runthrough your body as you watch human bodies hurled through the air anddisturbing injuries protruding in gory details. However, it is not alldismay and dread, no Deepwater Horizon has plenty of sequences andmontages of heroism that will make you a little proud to be a human…nomatter how overly theatrical it could be.

    DISLIKES: • Overdramatic at times • Already know the ending • Editingneeds work

    I’m probably sounding overcritical or nonsensical, but here it goesanyway. Deepwater Horizon is at times a bit on the overdramatic side.As I said, much of the movie will light a fire in your soul that willhave your patriotism in full force. Unfortunately, some of thesemoments are a bit too fake and in your face to get my full backing,primarily making an effort to pan on the American flag flapping in theflames. Even the more heroic moments sometimes get a bit too corny, theoverdramatic focus on the camera amid a symphony soundtrack blaringpride. Again, they get the message across and deliver the emotion, itjust sometimes gets a little too Hollywood for me.

    The special effects and the noble protagonist will certainly spreadsuspense and awe, but it doesn’t help that you know the ending. If youpaid attention to the news, you know all about what happens to the rig,and if you choose to ignore history take a look at the trailer. Theopening sequence doesn’t help things either by telling you the fate ofa certain character that further adds predictability to the mix. Whatdoes leave in terms of suspense and surprise? Pretty much it is thefate of the crew that held any mystery to me, and that was scarce attimes. Perhaps another minor dislike, but still one nonetheless.

    In regards to the editing, this one is a tough call to make. On the onehand I appreciate the details they provide about the incident, from thedevelopment of the disaster to how they faced the inferno the rigbecame. And yet, I felt some of it was elaborated too much for myliking. The build up was a little too long and drawn out, making itslightly boring as we waited for the dirt to hit the pipe. As the oilbegins to bloom into a fountain the pace picks up, but then hits a veryslow, somewhat pointless, standstill at the aftermath of the situation.Yes, it provides realism and rounding out of the characters, but againis a little too extended after all the excitement. They probably couldhave spared about fifteen minutes, but hey that’s just me.


    Despite this being the third historical event to get a movie thismonth, Deepwater Horizon will provide the emotional thrills you want. Afantastic CGI design that’s brimming with emotion and suspense.However, the predictability and overdramatic moments fall in line withHollywood’s magic and takes away from the message of the movie. I haveto recommend this one for the theater though, primarily for thetechnological achievements it brings.

    Overall my scores are:

    Action/Drama/Thriller: 8.0 Movie Overall: 7.0

  8. Andrew Gold from United States says:

    Deepwater Horizon is a movie that succeeds on two levels: as anaction-packed blockbuster and as an honest depiction of a tragicdisaster. It’s the story of the BP oil rig that exploded andcontaminated the Gulf of Mexico. The way Berg directs the sequence ofevents is well paced and purposefully developmental for a good chunk ofthe movie. It takes about 45 minutes before the crap hits the fan,during which we’re allowed time to get to know the characters – theirquirks, their personalities – so we can empathize with their situation.The stakes feel real, as they should (and were), which is a testamentto the directing and the acting. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russelldominate in their roles, Russell given the opportunity to remind us whyhe’s one of the biggest stars ever. The supporting cast is excellent,including John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O’Brien, who havechemistry and rapport between other characters (Malkovich and Russellsharing a couple intense moments where not a word is said).

    The disaster itself is portrayed brilliantly. The tone remains franticand the stunning special effects work puts it over the edge. Oncethings go south, it’s a nonstop adrenaline rush till the end. The onlyreason it’s not rated higher is because it’s merely a depiction ofevents, nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary in regards tostorytelling. But it didn’t have to be. This was a tragic event and thegritty realism shown here is as refreshing as it is intense. If you’rein the mood for a deeper-than-average thrill-ride, look no further thanDeepwater Horizon.

  9. audiodave_82 from Canada says:

    I usually don’t write reviews but saw mostly negative reviews on hereso far and that ain’t right.

    It is not a perfect movie and it’s not artsy, or profound. However itis very entertaining, has wide appeal, will make you laugh, have you onthe edge of your seat and might even make you cry. It’s a slow build atthe beginning but the tension soon rises and you will then be hooked.The effects appear to be realistic and mostly practical made with aproduction value that appears to be one of the most expensive filmsever made (which alone is impressive given it is not a sequel orsuperhero movie).

    Mark Wahlberg works as an everyman lead, but it is Kurt Russel whosteals the show. Maybe the performance of his career, and the strongestaspect of the film in my opinion. Malkovich is also amazing as thevillain, stealing every scene he is in. The two of them along with theincredible story done with top notch sets, effects and sound is exactlywhy you have to pay the money to see this on the biggest screenpossible.

    If you need a film to be a character study or you want senseless actionfrom start to finish then you might be one of the people who isdisappointed. But if you are looking for a gripping story with greattension and action that can be enjoyed by a wide range then go see thisfilm.

  10. Dave McClain ( from United States says:

    Peter Berg makes movies, but he also knows a lot about deep-water oilexploration. He’d have to, considering how complicated this dangerousactivity is, and how well he handled those complexities and portrayedthat danger in his film. Berg directed “Deepwater Horizon” (PG-13,1:47), the dramatization of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosionwhich killed 11 people and resulted in the largest oil spill in thehistory of the petroleum industry and the biggest environmentaldisaster in U.S. history. A combination of faulty equipment and humanerror caused the disaster. Methane gas escaping up the rig’s pipesenveloped it, ignited and eventually consumed the rig, which burneduntil sinking into the ocean 36 hours after the initial explosion. Thetitular rig’s owner, Transocean, and its client, BP, traded accusationsof wrongdoing for years, while various cases worked their way throughthe courts – and a lengthy environmental clean-up of the gulf coastproceeded. No one went to jail, but, according to Wikipedia, “To dateBP’s cost for the clean-up, environmental and economic damages andpenalties has reached $54bn.” But that’s all scientific and industrialdetail. This film is mainly a story about people.

    Berg (with his screenwriters, Matthew Michael Carnahan and MichaelSand) personalizes the story by focusing on a few key people involvedin the events depicted. Master electrician Mike Williams (played byMark Wahlberg, who Berg also directed in 2013’s “Lone Survivor”) is adevoted family man with a loving wife (Kate Hudson) and a sweet andprecocious daughter (Stella Allen), who’s very proud of her dad and hisjob. Radio operator Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) is a young, singlewoman who has a steady boyfriend and loves her vintage Ford Mustang,even if she does have trouble keeping it running. Both Mike and Andreawork for “Mr. Jimmy” (Kurt Russell, appearing on film for the firsttime with Hudson, who is his adopted daughter) is the caring, but toughand diligent Transocean foreman on Deepwater Horizon, who often findshimself at odds with BP’s corporate representatives on the oil rig.

    As Mr. Jimmy and his crew arrive at the rig for their three-week-longturn on board, it’s apparent that the departing shift (including Berg,in a cameo role, in which he briefly talks with Russell’s character)hasn’t done their due diligence in taking care of operation and safetyconcerns on the rig. While entertaining two BP executives who arevisiting Deepwater Horizon (and who present him with a safety awardduring a brief ceremony), Mr. Jimmy locks horns with BP liaison DonaldVidrine (John Malkovich). Mr. Jimmy insists on a test of the pressureentering the well from beneath the ocean floor. When the test givesconflicting results and the results of an alternate follow-up testcomplicates the situation further, the stage is set for disaster. Therest of the film depicts that disaster with astonishing detail andrealism as everyone on that rig fights for survival and for the goal ofgetting back safely to their families.

    “Deepwater Horizon” is a fascinating, entertaining and inspiring takeon a real-life disaster. We get good character development and adetailed behind-the-scenes look at the considerations, disagreementsand actions that led up to the catastrophic explosion, but there are acouple problems with all that. Berg does a good job with a combinationof dialog, on-screen verbiage and impressive visuals to help usunderstand the dynamics at play, but it almost seems like too much, andthe conversations, with a lot of technical jargon, characters talkingover each other and seeming to mumble their lines, and some withvarious southern accents and some without, combine to make it difficultto tune one’s ear to the dialog and understand everything that’s beingsaid. However, the main point of this movie is the survival story. Berghad a realistic version of the rig built (including many workingcomponents) for shooting. His attention to detail – in the set and inthe film’s visual effects is nothing short of remarkable. What’s more,we care about the characters and the danger they’re in feels real. Forexcellent acting, a well-developed story and incredible visuals, youshould put this film on your horizon. “B+”

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