Verdict: A gripping movie that does justice to the real-life incident.
Arrogance and greed together form a lethal combination, which on a bad day can prove to be extremely destructive. And this is exactly what happened on April 20, 2010. The incident that happened changed the lives of the crew members who punched in for their daily shifts on Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig located in the middle of nowhere in the Gulf of Mexico. This was the most disastrous offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
In order to sensitize people about this incident, director Peter Berge tries to show us exactly what happened on April 20th, which resulted in the explosion of the oil rig. While doing so, he also tries to portray the heroic nature of the survivors who tried their best to avert the disaster.
Like any other disaster film, this film too starts on a happy note. You observe that the crew members are all getting ready to part from their close ones to spend three weeks at sea. They have no premonition that what is about to happen will put their lives in jeopardy. When the crew reaches Deepwater Horizon, they are informed that certain safety measures haven’t been completed by BP oil company supervisors. Later, they also find out that they are lagging behind in their current processes by 43 days, which has put a lot of pressure on the BP executives to meet the target. In an attempt to curb delays and losses, the BP executive (John Malkovich) badgers the crew in-charge, Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell), to move on with the process without bothering much about the safety measures. That’s when you notice the ugly truth about a billion-dollar company. They would go to extreme lengths to make profits even when experts suggest they back off and move in a different direction.
That’s when Harrell insists they carry out certain tests to ensure the integrity of the oil rig. While all that is happening, the pressure under the surface of the sea keeps on building at an alarming rate. When things are supposed to go wrong, they will go wrong. The test results turn out to be misleading and the BP executives get their own way. And the rest is history.
The way the film is shot and the story is told, you feel like you are experiencing the whole incident first-hand. The entire cast of the film, Kurt Russell, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, and Dylan O'Brien, have all done an excellent job of making the film feel real. There are plenty of scenes in the film that will thoroughly shock you, but towards the end you will see the triumph of the spirit of humanity. Making it a wholesome film that hits all the right notes.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
There are very few films that have managed to flawlessly depict the grotesque nature of incidents without making them seem commercial in any way, and Deepwater Horizon does just that. If you like watching disaster movies, this is one you absolutely need to watch.