Tuesday, 4 October 2016

'Deepwater Horizon' Review


In April 2010, the world was shocked as an oil rig known as the Deepwater Horizon exploded, leading to millions of gallons of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. The aftermath saw great damage to the water and sea life which gained global coverage. Due to this, the story of the crew on board the Deepwater Horizon seemed to get a little lost. Six years later, it is getting the attention on the big screen, becoming one of the most powerful movies of the year.


April 20th 2010 saw the biggest oil disaster in US history as the Deepwater Horizon. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his crew now are facing death as the reserve deteriorates piece by piece as fire engulfs the area. Banding together, the group must work to make sure they make it off the reserve with their lives.

Peter Berg did an incredible job working with Mark Wahlberg on the film 'Lone Survivor' that worked effectively as a survival thriller. The two have come together once again in a much different location with a much different danger. However, the quality is kept at the same standard.

'Deepwater Horizon' is one of the most impactful films of the year as we see the true story of these brave men who stared death in the face on that unfortunate night. The film does a great job in showing how brave these men were on that night with the camera focusing deep on the face of a worker as they approach to do something heroic. In a film like this, it would be easy to make Mark Wahlberg the centre of everything that happens in the movie but the film respects those involved too much to do so. Berg takes the time to show how many risked and gave their lives for each other and the greater cause which makes the film so impactful on you.

Alongside that, Mark Wahlberg does provide a great focus for the film as Mike Williams, one of the many heroic men on that night. Alongside him is Kurt Russell as Jimmy Harrell and the two carry the film tremendously well as two no nonsense workers who really step up when things start to go south. The two go through the ringer so much that you are unsure if they will make it out alive or not. In a disaster film like this, it shouldn't take much for you to root for the protagonists but the film builds upon that even more due to Wahlberg and Russell's performances.

John Malkovich shines as a BP executive who is only thinking about how quick they can make money. Malkovich seems convincing with what he is saying as he convinces those around him to start the work that causes the disaster, despite it not being safe. This lights a fire within you as you see first hand how some people high up have no regard for the safety of workers and are only driven by money. Malkovich captures this excellently and it is really effective as you feel yourself getting angry at these people due to their actions. Russell and Malkovich combine very well after this in a scene with no words but Russell's anger towards Malkovich is clearly visible.

As a disaster film, the setting is huge in scale and when you take the fact that it is all handmade. A giant pool of water in an old amusement park with 70ft tall constructions being built. Production designer Chris Seagers did an incredible job and even said "This is not a set, this is a major piece of construction'. He later went on to speak about setting the whole thing on fire which must have been an even more breathtaking sight than it was in the movie. The effects and impressive sets are incredible with those involved deserving huge praise for their work.

Overall, 'Deepwater Horizon' is a great spectacle that does a great job handling the subject matter. Wahlberg, Russell and Malkovich all do great jobs in their roles, bringing a wide range of emotion to you throughout the movie. Peter Berg has delivered yet again and you should definitely check this film out!

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So have you seen 'Deepwater Horizon'? If so, what did you think of the film? I hope that this review was useful for if you were planning on seeing the movie! Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my review, it is much appreciated!

By Angus McGregor