Mark Wahlberg plays Mike Williams in this based on true events, action packed film. The movie starts off with many of the main characters heading to work on Deep Water Horizon, and oil rig in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell) is the supervisor of the rig and is tasks with protecting and keep his staff safe while drilling. It just so happens, that on this particular day, the head honchos of BP are on site making sure that things are getting done efficiently. They are a little worried since they are behind schedule with the drilling, and have sent a bunch of people home to cut costs. Because they are behind, the heads of BP tell the workers to for-go safety checks before drilling into the ocean floor - this does not sit well with Jimmy. There are some heated arguments between them that allow for the tension of this movie to ramp up.
Knowing that this movie is based on the true events, there is little mystery as to what happens next. There is a problem with the drill, which I think that the movie did an excellent job at portraying, and the rig starts to take on mud and water. This is the first thing. Muddy water starts spewing out of all nooks and crannies of the drill. The people in the safe room aren't able to make it to the alarm in time, the rig starts to catch fire and blow up. Half of the movie is the rig exploding and the acts that follow to try and save every person possible on board. Mike goes to find his boss, who has been hurt badly due to the explosions - I just want to say that the scene where Jimmy is catapulted across the room was awesome. Though it was hard to watch and know that someone actually had to experience that, I can only imagine that this is what would really happen during an actual explosion.
Being such a short event, I was thinking that this movie would not have much substance. But this movie was actually pretty awesome. We watch all the events that led up to the catastrophic oil rig explosion that didn't happen too long ago, we see Mike turn into a hero and save as many people on board as he can, and the events that happen after survivors are back on main land. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell were great in this movie. All the action packed scenes and the tension between the workers and the head honchos really made the movie. The end in the hotel was what really sold me on the acting, seeing Mark's character break down after everything that happened to him really sold the deal. I liked the real footage of the hearings that later would give the BP head honchos jail time from manslaughter.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It was well put together and fun to watch. I would be interested to know how much of this story-line is actually true. I know that a lot of movies "based on a true story" have some fabricated scenes just to sell the story for the viewers to enjoy and to tie everything up in a nice little bow. Regardless of this though, I'm going to give Deep Water Horizon a "Loved It" and recommend it to all for your next stay-in movie night.
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