Everything You Need to Know About: ‘Deepwater Horizon’

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Today (Sept. 30, 2016), the new disaster film Deepwater Horizon is making its way to multiplexes nationwide offering a dramatization of the 2010 explosion and fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Is your interest piqued? Here’s everything you need to know…

Who’s in it?

Mark Wahlberg heads up this impressive lineup, along with John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson.


What’s it about?

If you read newspapers throughout the incident, you know that the disaster caused massive environmental damage. But the film instead focuses on the oil rig workers’ heroic attempts to save lives in the amidst of the chaos following the explosion on the rig.


Why should I care?

Yes, this one has a talented cast. But more than that, it’s a disaster film based on an incredible true story. Granted this one isn’t for everyone, but as far as ripped-from-the-headlines heroism goes, Deepwater Horizon should deliver.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“It’ll take decades for the 210 million gallons of oil spilled by the Deepwater Horizon to be absorbed back into the environment. It only took Hollywood six years to rework disaster into entertainment.”

-Ty Burr [Boston Globe]


Deepwater Horizon is an homage to strength and get-on-with-it competence, a stirring portrait of brawn and know-how that are continually undermined by the preening ambitions of clueless elites.”

-Ann Hornaday [Washington Post]


“[Peter] Berg sticks to the job at hand, imagining what it is was like to be there, and to be the victim of sloppy, deadly safety practices in the name of a good day on Wall Street.”

-Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]


“In the hands of director Berg, who specializes in quick-cut, adrenaline-pumping action, it’s a well-made, sometimes horrifyingly realistic re-creation of events — but it often feels like a formulaic disaster film.”

-Richard Roeper [Chicago Sun-Times]