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Movie Deepwater Horizon Review

Updated on July 17, 2017

The True Story

In April of 2010, an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded. It caused one the most horrific oil spills in American history. The explosion and the oil spill caused tragedy on many lives. It also ruin thousands of lives who depended on those water in the Gulf of Mexico to provide seafood for consumers. The company BP created one of the biggest and newest oil rigs that could drill the deepest at that time. With the new project a bit behind on the drilling, BP executives make a bad judgment call to speed things up which causes major problems for the crew and many others once tragedy struck.


Director Peter Berg and A-list star Mark Wahlberg team up to bring you the action thriller, based on the true event, Deepwater Horizon. Co-stars Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson join in and together tell the story of one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history.

Deepwater Horizon, a state of the art oil rig is behind on its drilling. When a few corporate executives fly out to the rig to observe the delay, tragedy begins to unravel. They begin to do some test runs, but realized they may be dealing with some technical difficulties. When the executives decide to make some unsafe decisions to speed things up, the tragic situations begin to unfold. After the crew protests because this would be against all safety protocol, the rig begins to suffer major difficulties in various areas from drilling to technical malfunctions. The danger spirals out of control causing an immediate evacuation of the rig. It is a race against time to get the crew to safety and hopefully stop the errors before causing a major explosion and spilling several gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Review and Final Thought

If you are looking for a good action thriller that does not slow down, I would recommend this film. Peter Berg does a great job of putting the audience right in the middle of the action. And although Wahlberg's Louisiana accent isn't not the best, he does a great job of showing the emotions through the different life threating situation that is happening during the film. What is also unique about this film is that they actually built and created an oil rig movie set that was the biggest ever created for a film. So there is nothing short of great detail to this movie. I give this movie a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Now, some may not think that this film deserves a high rating like this, but this film was more to me than a film.

I remember when this tragedy struck. Louisiana's seafood and fishing industry took a huge economical hit. Now, if you are familiar with Cajun cooking, or Louisiana food styles, then you know we use a lot of seafood in our cooking. One of the two biggest areas of seafood that were hit were shrimping and oysters. Many lives were affected by this tragedy that could have been avoided. But, as always during a crisis or tragedy, the Louisiana people came together to help recover. The New Orleans Saints (coming off our first Super Bowl Win), along with several volunteers came out each day to help clean up the coast and waters that were affected. Drew Brees and company came together and dedicated time and money to help victims and areas affected. They even auctioned off one of the Super Bowl rings where the proceeds went to the clean-up of the Gulf Coast.


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    • Fullerman5000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan Fuller 

      15 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Yeah, between this event, the shooting and killing of BRPD last year, Katrina and the major flood of last August, I have lived through some tragic events. I am glad you liked and thanks for stopping by Vanessa.

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      Mother of Movies and Series Reviews 

      15 months ago from Moreton Bay, Queensland

      I saw this movie recently. I was unaware it was a true story until the credits at the end showing the lives that were lost against the actors who had portrayed them and I got quite emotional. I agree with your rating based on that fact. I felt they could have done more with the build up at the beginning though. More involvement with some characters, I think, was required to make me invest in them earlier. How amazing that you lived through this historic event.

    • Fullerman5000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan Fuller 

      15 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Yeah that's what I have been doing. I've been behind on my movies lately. Thanks for stopping by Linda

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      Linda Lum 

      15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Another movie review--and another Wahlberg. Awesome. I think I've been spending too much time in the garden. Time to fire up the old Netflix and get caught up. This also sounds like a movie Mr. Carb Diva would enjoy.

    • Fullerman5000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan Fuller 

      15 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Yeah it took them a long time to get that area fully cleaned up. A lot of us boycotted BP for a while. Thank you for checking out this article.

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      15 months ago from USA

      Another Mark Wahlberg movie, yessiree. I used to live in Louisiana and I haven't been back since moving away in the 1990s. Seeing the tragedy unfold on tv struck me on so many levels. I felt so sad for the people and the animals who were impacted.


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