Review : Deepwater Horizon

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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.”

Based on the 2010 disaster, Deepwater Horizon gives us our first real look at the personal side and impact of one of the worst oil spills in human history. It follows some of the key crew members that were on board during events that lead to the catastrophic failure of the entire rig. The film also does a really good job of making you feel what its like to be on a rig like that, and it also does well to immerse you into the mind and technical aspects of such a job. That’s more or less the first half of movie, and it gets you acquainted with the cast and crew here before the movie totally ramps up, and then doesn’t stop till right before the end. That same first half of the film, while slower, still does a really good job of building up all this tension that then literally explodes on the screen as the movie gets into the fear and absolute terror that being on a rig like that during something like this would be like. Just the way the film is filmed, really gives you a sense of the danger, and the claustrophobia of the environment. Your heart rate will elevate, and it will stay there till this movie comes to an end, at which point you might be crying because this movie really ends off with a very well done and well earned emotional gut punch. Yes there may be some portrayals and some things than were done a little differently to make this movie a better movie, but looking at this solely as a movie, there really isn’t much wrong with it.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

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