Deepwater Horizon (2016)

When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic

http://www.deepwaterhorizon.movie/

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

As expected this is a bit of a propaganda movie against BP but that was of course rather expected. It is still watchable. The dramatization is fairly well done and the effects are believable as well as enjoyable. If you watch it as a disaster drama and special effects movie it is definitely okay.
As a documentary, well I would say that it falls short. The movie only covers the initial explosion. Once the platform is evacuated the movie stops. I am somewhat disappointed at that. I would at least have liked to see the attempts to put out the fire. Where are the scenes with the boats trying to douse the rig with water for instance?
I would also have liked the film to cover the attempts to close the well, the technical challenges involved and the fight against the oil spill. This is not at all covered.
I feel that the film attempts to ride on public opinion, pretend to be a action/disaster movie as well as a fact telling one and cash in on the accident. The action/disaster parts were well done but the movie left out a lot of the, perhaps less spectacular, drama around the accident. It is a shame because now it became a rather ordinary movie as well as giving a distasteful feeling they were just trying to make some quick bucks on the disaster.
That also made the factual parts somewhat in doubt. I feel the movie is making a strong effort to portray BP as willful criminals. I am sure there is plenty of blame that should fly BP’s way but at the same time one can read that “On November 8, 2010, the inquiry by the Oil Spill Commission revealed its findings that BP had not sacrificed safety in attempts to make money, but that some decisions had increased risks on the rig.”. As always, things are not black and white and oil drilling is risky business after all.
Anyway, enough ramblings, I found the movie okay, nothing more and nothing less.

TIK Film, Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage by Peter Berg, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul.
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont.

Genres: Action, Drama, History, Thriller

Keywords: post traumatic stress disorder sea based on a true story rescue disaster explosion oil spill trapped oil rig  disaster movie gulf of mexico bp

09/28/2016

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