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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

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A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster, when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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"Deep Water Horizon" is an abstract animated short that did the festival circuit immediately following the BP Oil Spill of 2010. The entire piece is sourced from and representative of the ... See full summary »

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In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project's long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers' fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig's various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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30 September 2016 (Canada)  »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,223,544 (USA) (30 September 2016)

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$61,284,947 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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Trivia

Mike Williams tells Donald Vidrine: "Hope is not a tactic". The tagline for the movie is "When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic". See more »

Goofs

The word Mississippi is misspelled on the graphics of a news report aired on TV which Felicia Williams watches. See more »

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Felicia: Is it just me or did it get real bright in there all of a sudden? Mike, what is that? Is everything ok? Mike?
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During the opening logos and first few opening credits, you can hear a real life audio clip from the trial that ensued following the disaster. See more »

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TAKE ME DOWN
Written and Performed by Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark, Jr. appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Gripping and realistic, Deepwater Horizon works both as an enlightening documentary and a fun blockbuster.
1 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Deepwater Horizon is a movie that succeeds on two levels: as an action-packed blockbuster and as an honest depiction of a tragic disaster. It's the story of the BP oil rig that exploded and contaminated the Gulf of Mexico. The way Berg directs the sequence of events is well paced and purposefully developmental for a good chunk of the movie. It takes about 45 minutes before the crap hits the fan, during which we're allowed time to get to know the characters - their quirks, their personalities - so we can empathize with their situation. The stakes feel real, as they should (and were), which is a testament to the directing and the acting. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell dominate in their roles, Russell given the opportunity to remind us why he's one of the biggest stars ever. The supporting cast is excellent, including John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O'Brien, who have chemistry and rapport between other characters (Malkovich and Russell sharing a couple intense moments where not a word is said).

The disaster itself is portrayed brilliantly. The tone remains frantic and the stunning special effects work puts it over the edge. Once things go south, it's a nonstop adrenaline rush till the end. The only reason it's not rated higher is because it's merely a depiction of events, nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary in regards to storytelling. But it didn't have to be. This was a tragic event and the gritty realism shown here is as refreshing as it is intense. If you're in the mood for a deeper-than-average thrill-ride, look no further than Deepwater Horizon.


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