Deepwater Horizon- Film Review
Based on the true events of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion of 20 April 2010, which resulted in 11 deaths and 17 injured workers, this movie takes the viewer down a very emotional path.
It is so filled with drama, it is only at the end when there is relief and a sort of happy ending.
If you are looking for a movie with loads of suspense, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is the movie to watch. Director Peter Berg made sure that the film has speed, impact, specialized technical information and clipped dialogue. And just when it seems there is no justice in the world, along comes the unfolding and the realisation that this whole story is actually based on true events.
The protagonist, Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) is a disciplined, clear-sighted professional, faced with practical issues. Williams, Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) and Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell) are the typical heroes in the film: giving up their safety to save the lifes of a few more men as they try and stabilize the rig. The three look for ways to save as many people as possible.
The movie has a strong plot, however, I was not impressed with its beginning. The first 45 minutes convey a very negative vibe, and is some sense, it borders on the surreal. This part is very hectic, painting the background or the events leading to the calamity, and its immediate impact. It is only during the second part, that the human side comes to the fore. This is where the heroes start claiming their rightful space.
The charming Daniel O’Brien from the ‘Teen Wolf’ series stars in the film as Calleb Holloway. He witnesses a series of horrific jolts, explosions and murderous jest of mud, water and oil. From this point on, Deepwater Horizon morphs into a feat of engineering work with much attention to the detail that makes the mechanics work or fail. During the calamity, Director Berg carefully develop the characters, showing how most of the engineers go for self-preservation while only a small group cares about saving their compatriots. Here, Wahlberg is the ultimate hero. Despite being married with a young daughter, in the heat of the moment, his first care is to ensure the safety of as many people as possible.