On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos.
The film begins with an interview of Mike Williams..
Let me talk about Foreshadowing. It gets as classic as you can hope for. It’s an old technique which made the films magical. There are two very distinct scenes in the first hour that sets the course of the film.
The first one is the conversation at Mike’s home with his daughter. She explains her school project to Mike and the scene ends with a beautiful insert of a popped-up Coke can!
The second foreshadowing is again an interesting scene between John Malkovich and Mark Wahlberg. The example of noodling catfish and the oil rig form a captivating pair.
Let me start off by saying it is pretty darn hard to tell a simple straight forward story in the most interesting and inspiring way. Deepwater Horizon is a breath of fresh air. The movie doesn’t have the gimmicky camera movements or flashy editing. It is poised, it is compact, it is impactful.
In no frame is Peter Berg carried away or loses his grip. He is the commanding man right from the get go. The movie stays with you after the end credits. You can feel the bravado of these men; you share their fear, their horror. Deepwater is a captivating film.
The acting is par excellence. Every actor has immersed themselves to the roles. Everyone is good. The film establishes the primary characters and the conflict in the old fashioned way. The script required a quiet, composed structure and it manages to stay that way till the end. Deepwater Horizon should be on your list of top movies of 2016!
Mark Wahlberg– Leaving behind the goofiness from Bayhem, Mark Wahlberg shows us why he is underrated actor. Be it The Fighter, Lone Survivor or Deepwater Horizon (The last two being collaborated with Peter Berg) Mark Wahlberg makes the character come in front of his face. You only see and remember the character that he plays. He can carry an entire film on his shoulders and he proves his mettle here.
Kurt Russel– The veteran. We see a strong performance from the action star after a long haul. He is fantastic in the film. The Soldier has got some juice left!!
I was delighted to see simple way of editing carried out in the film. The film has no unnecessary stay, long cuts or jetty match cuts. The editor did an excellent job to stay invisible in the film.
Overall, Deepwater Horizon is among those films that may not have a repeated viewing capability. It may not even be the film people will talk for ages but it still is a very well made film. The film has minimal flaws, easily forgotten and forgiven. The acting and the crew are great and the director shines throughout.
My Verdict– 4.5/5.