DVD Review: Deepwater Horizon

(2016, out now on DVD)

On April 20, 2010, we saw, heard and read about the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history. It cost human and sea life.

Deepwater Horizon is an action-packed recreation of that explosion. The build-up to it is the cool-as workplace that has its share of problems. Kate Hudson plays the wife of one the riggers.

Engineer Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and supervisor Jimmy (Kurt Russell) doubt the judgment of their company boss who insists on going ahead with drilling when the pressure test failed. The rest, as they say, is history.

This movie is asking what one can do when things go wrong, beforehand and through the grit.

There are disaster prone scenes that I wouldn’t let the wee ones see as it may be too frightening. As a warning, there are a few profanities when disaster strikes.

I recommend this film for those wanting entertainment value. It has plenty of action. It’s good for couples and groups wanting an interesting, entertaining night at home, for one hour and a half. This film is suited for action-disaster audiences.

Personally, for me, the sobering and disturbing effect of the oil rig explosion is diminished by the overlong treatment of the sorry incident. And the aftermath comes as a let-down; they don’t recreate the court case that followed the disaster.

Deepwater Horizon is a recommend for entertainment value, but with reservation.

3 stars out of 5 stars

Warnings—contains brief profanity, Running time—100 minutes, Peter Berg (Director)


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