That was an excellent one.
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
We all know the story from the headlines - the April 2010 BP oil rig disaster off the Louisiana coast that left 11 dead and many more injured. In Peter Berg's 'Deepwater Horizon,' we see the circumstances that led up to the moment when the rig malfunctioned, as well as the heroism that took place as the events unfolded in the black of night.The focus of 'Horizon' is not on the politics behind the disaster, nor is it about the technical aspects of working on an oil rig (although there's a little bit of both mixed in here). It's about the people. Chief among them is Mike Williams, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, who oversees electrical engineering, and operations supervisor Jimmy Harrell (played by a banged up Kurt Russell). The Williams/Harrell duo try to raise awareness of the state of the 'Horizon' to the BP bigwigs, including one middle manager played by John Malkovich. But where the cast really delivers is showing how people acted when everything went to hell.'Horizon' has the signature marks of a Berg film. From shaky-cam effects and aerial shots to Michael Bay-esque sound effects and heart-pounding soundtracks. The action sequences are enough to keep you interested throughout, and visual spectacles cause by a structure in chaos. People's heroic actions are highlighted, like Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) and Caleb Holloway (Dylan O'Brien), and the fact that there are actual real individuals who were able to make a difference as employees escaped the inferno is a positive aspect to focus on.Sure, some could say 'Deepwater Horizon' is over the top and melodramatic, and it languished at the box office. But the fact that it pays homage to those who lost their lives or were forever impacted by this disaster - something that was lost in the aftermath as covered in the media - is a solid reason why this film was made.
Just getting into a 2.5 hour C-SPAN testimony of Mr Jimmy, Wow major differences from reality and the movie. Major major divergence. This movie is fiction in so many ways. Really loved the movie. Wish is had more attachment to reality.
In this age, it is not easy to create films about catastrophes, without sliding into expensive but uninteresting CGI effects, or getting cheap and nasty. Deepwater Horizon is a very fine example of exquisite balance between excellent actors' performances (Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Mark Walberg and Kate Hudson all show definite depth and sophisticated valor, depicting their parts decently and with a great gusto) and awesome CGI effects. Without going deeper into technical details, I have to admit the film has achieved its main goal - to show true heroism, valor, valiance and also cowardice and shallowness in the wake of doom and death. Excellent depiction of Lousiana nature, exactly right balance of mundane, tragic, heroic and stupid all add certain flavor to the very tough and nutritious broth of a film. I do recommend this fast, deeply tragic, decent and sobering film to all who want to think and would like to watch something serious and thought-provoking.
This is a dramatization of the events surrounding the explosion and BP spill of the Deepwater Horizon floating platform located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The film centers around Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) the Chief Electronics Technician (according to his hard hat but he was an engineer) of the crew and to a lesser extended through Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) an operator. The operation of the drilling is explained early in the film by Mike's daughter using a coke can and honey for a school project. Ominously the coke sprays out the top.We see Mike struggle to maintain a safe ship against the pressure of schedule and profits as they drill "the well from hell." He says, "Every time I peel off a band-aid I find three or four more. " He butts head with John Malkovich who had the honor of playing BP engineer and representative Don Vidrine, the film's bad guy. He helps explains things to Don by comparing safety to noodling.The special effects were pretty intense. Like so many major accidents, people want to deny they are happening until too late. The irony is that this unsafe rig was getting a safety award for being BP's safest rig. I shudder to think.In the end, the film has a brief tribute to those who lost their lives for oil and profits.Guide: 1 F-word. No sex or nudity.