Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon

DVD - 2017
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"This year's ultimate guilty pleasure at the movies."--New York Post
"The film depicts the worst oil spill in American history and director Peter Berg recreates the cataclysm of that day with unbearable tension and healing compassion."--Rolling Stone
"What's most impressive is the fact that the screenplay refuses to talk down to the audience."--Observer
For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day's end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in US history. It reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.
Publisher: [United States] : Lionsgate, 2017
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DEE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Jan 19, 2018

Having worked for over 25 years in the oil industry, I found this movie of particular interest. 5 of those years was for BP. I though BP's culture was accurately reflected in the movie unlike other oil companies I worked for, BP was about money over all else. I thought there was some miscasting for some of the rolls, but then again it's Hollywood where the A list folks get the rolls. Having experienced some fires and explosions, I thought the pyrotechnics were a bit overdone...but then again, I wasn't there.

Dec 26, 2017

A spectacularly shot true story of an oil rig disaster. I found it to be more interesting and not as stereotypical as disaster flicks like this could be. The emotional toll that we see that the disaster takes on the characters, during and after, give a real humanity to what happened.

Dec 04, 2017

Exceptionally poor dialogue audio. I had to run subtitles to understand wtf was being said. No excuse for that.

Jul 19, 2017

I wasn't certain what to expect, but we found this to be a very interesting and entertaining movie based on actual events. Excellent choice of actors and an interesting weave of well-developed character plots.

Jul 18, 2017

This movie focuses on special effects rather than on the role of BP in the disaster and its aftermath for the environment.

Jul 11, 2017

This DVD won't run on the Classic Media Player.
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Jun 28, 2017

I wasn't expecting much but I really enjoyed this movie.

It doesn't go into depth on all the mistakes leading up to the explosion and there is absolutely no mention of the ensuing environmental disaster afterward.

But the story line was well-paced, the cinematography was spectacular, and the special effects were noteworthy. Mark Wahlberg actually acted like a normal guy in this flick and Kate Hudson was perfectly cast. I always had a soft spot for Kurt Russell and John Malkovich played the asshole really well.

A very good action-packed rental movie. Unfortunately, everyone has forgotten this tragedy and BP got away scot-free. Now the folks in this part of the Gulf Coast will continue to suffer and to vote for Trump.

DEEPWATER HORIZON is worth checking out more for its anti-extractivist message than the quality of the film itself. I believe director Berg's intention is to make the audience uncomfortable, and in that he succeeds. The movie plows forward faster than its run time of 107 minutes. You get a saccharine family life opening, which is supposed to school viewers on the function of gigantic floating oil rigs like Deepwater Horizon. Then you get a disconcerting intro to worklife on Deepwater Horizon. (You feel like it's your first day on a huge construction site, with technical lingo you don't understand and a social shorthand that passes you by.) Then the black hats from BP, played by John Malkovich and Brad Leland, are introduced. Then it's all death and destruction, hellfire and brimstone for the remainder (with the exception of an outro that emphasizes PTSD). You can't come away from this movie feeling good about fossil fuels.

Jun 18, 2017

This movie was a disaster about a disaster. Overdone with fires and explosions. Poor audio on dialogue. Could not understand the mumbling. Reversed DVD many times to try and understand actors.

Jun 04, 2017

I really enjoyed this movie, too bad it was based on true events. It is reprehensible that BP were not even held accountable for this devastating environmental disaster, not to mention the lives lost. It seems that big business with deep pockets always seem to win, won't they

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Mar 05, 2017

Film based on New York Times' article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours, written by David Barstow, David S. Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, and published on December 25, 2010:

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