Deepwater Horizon: What You Need To Know
The story of the world’s largest man-made disaster, which occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010, is brought to the big screen in this explosive action drama. The incident saw over 4.9 million barrels' worth of oil flood into the ocean and 11 people lose their lives and is told in powerful detail in this new movie. Here is everything you need to know about it...
Who’s In It?
Mark Wahlberg stars with support from Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, Ethan Suplee, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson.
And Who’s Behind The Camera?
Peter Berg, creator and key director of Friday Night Lights, collaborates with Wahlberg once again having previously together on Lone Survivor and soon again on Boston bombing drama Patriots Day.
Matthew Carnahan, who wrote the movie adaptation of State Of Play and has adapted Jo Nesbø’s icy thriller The Snowman for Michael Fassbender, has worked with Matthew Sand to provide the screenplay, which is adapted from David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul's book Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours.
What’s The Plot?
We begin with general operational supervisor Jimmy Harrell (Russell) and his Chief Electrical Engineer Mike Williams (Wahlberg) arriving on Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig operated by private contractor Transocean, is set to begin drilling off the southern coast of Louisiana on behalf of BP.
Both Williams and Harrell are horrified to find that the contractors who have been assigned to pour the concrete foundation intended to keep the well stable are being sent home early without conducting a pressure test.
Eventually after pressuring management they get their test, but the results are inconclusive, so a second test is ordered, but, before the results come in, BP company man Donald Vidrine (Malkovich) orders that drilling can begin again. Minutes later the rig’s foundations give way triggering a massive blowout and all hell breaks loose...
Does It Deliver?
This is what Berg does best, powerful, rousing action drama firmly grounded in reality. This is a real thrill ride while honouring the tragic nature of the story. Well worth a watch.