Deepwater Horizon Movie Review


This movie has more flashing and flickering lights during the disaster scenes than a rock concert.  It needed the epilepsy and seizure warning that video games used to have.

Deepwater Horizon stars Mark Wahlberg and is the true story of the disaster that occurred on an oil rig that led to the enormous BP oil spill in 2010.

It looks like the year of underwhelming movies is finally turning around.  After the highly entertaining Magnificent Seven last week, we have another really solid movie here.  Mark Wahlberg turns in quite possibly his best ever performance.  He really can do a piece of acting, provided Transformers or trees aren’t trying to kill him.  Kurt Russell and John Malkovich are also great in the movie.  The disaster scenes are really well done and are quite thrilling.  They make you feel like you are right there in the middle of it (especially in IMAX). The movie also does a good job of not really taking a stand on the issue that caused this, other than just showing the facts of who was to blame.

The only real problem with it is that it takes a while to get going.  I can’t really say the buildup isn’t necessary, because it helps us get to know some of the characters and build an emotional connection.  It also shows what really caused the disaster.  It just seems to take forever.  It is about an hour before anything really starts happening. It also is a little hard to follow who is who during the actual disaster scenes.

Overall, this movie is really good and is the best disaster movie we’ve had in a long time.  It’s worth seeing, in IMAX if possible.  I’ll give Deepwater Horizon a 4.25/5.

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