DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016) – My rating: 8/10

deepwaterhorizonDeepwater Horizon is an intense drama based on a true story.  On April 20, 2010, Transocean, a private contractor that operates Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig, is set to begin drilling off the south coast of Louisiana on behalf of BP.  Chief Electronics Technician Michael “Mike” Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and rig supervisor James “Jimmy” Harrell (Kurt Russell) are surprised to learn that the workers assigned to pour the concrete foundation intended to keep the well stable are being sent home early without conducting a pressure test, at the insistence of BP managers Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) and Robert Kaluza (Brad Leland).  Mike confronts the BP managers (Donald and Robert) refusing to take the rig out unless the proper safety test are conducted.   Donald comes up with an acceptable test and Jimmy reluctantly accepts.  All seems well but in fact, the test put more stress on the rig, weakening the foundation that was already crumbling.  Without waiting for the results of the test, Donald orders the well to be opened.

Ultimately, the foundation fails causing a blowout that kills several men.  Unable to seal the well, oil ignites killing more of the workers.  As a result, the rig blows up in parts as the oil spews into the ocean, causing one of the biggest oil disasters on record.  How the crew handles the fire and works toward getting the environment under control, as well as escaping is remarkable, exciting and emotional.  The end of the film shows the actual men who were killed and the BP managers responsible.  Deepwater Horizon is now on DVD/Blu-Ray and is definitely worth watching.  Check it out!

[DEEPWATER HORIZON is nominated for Sound Editing and Visual Effects]

 

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