Mark Wahlberg leads an all-star cast in this unforgettably powerful film inspired by a thrilling story of real-life heroes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20th 2010 began like any normal day. Before day's end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. 'Deepwater Horizon' reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge - and risked everything to lead others to safety.
An emotional roller-coaster ride, with plenty of over-the-top CGI to keep you glued to the seat whilst also having you leaned slightly toward the screen - Deepwater Horizon is a thrill well-worth of snatching those so-precious hundreds of minutes that nowadays no one seems to give up so easily. Sure, it has its fair share of over-dramatized moments injected into an otherwise realistic experience – but those are very few and far between that are almost negligible across the overall picture. Also, editing needs some improvement as well.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, a heroic real-life figure who is a natural-born leader and is not afraid to show some teeth to the Man, while also respecting his colleagues and providing help where help is due. When disaster strikes, Mike immediately assumes his role and goes to great lengths to save as many lives as possible, even if that results in a detriment to his own. Other actors that accompany Wahlberg’s character include Kurt Russell as Jimmy Harrell, John Malkovich playing Vidrine and Gina Rodriguez as Andrea Fleytas. All deserve A’s for their efforts to translate true emotion to the screen, which is by significant margin a hard accomplishment for one to achieve.
Now let’s talk effects. Simply put: they were spectacular and kudos to everyone involved in designing them. From the daily life on the platform, right to when the spills start happening and the fire afterwards – all of it was done with surgical precision and pretty much transported me right on spot both emotionally and physically. The amount of detail that went into recreating the disaster was staggering as I found myself not being able to shake off that uncomfortable feeling that something was just not quite right around my seat. Very few movies manage to do that, and Deepwater Horizon surely counts as one of them.
The predictability for the fates of certain characters can bring you out of the experience at times, grazing that pipe that administers suspense into the mix, figuratively speaking. Sound editing is great, cinematography is decent, but pacing is somewhat off. The flick draws out more than it should at the beginning, and then some later after the calamity is already over. However, no major film-making mistakes to note.
Overall, director Peter Berg’s second reunion with Wahlberg provides enough thrills to make sure you get your money’s worth; and identify with the characters’ tragedy; and push forward a notion that sometimes the greatest of disasters can have the unlikeliest of heroes.
To conclude: Deepwater Horizon by director Peter Berg, scribes Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin and others is well worth allocating your time for accordingly.