Deepwater Horizon (PG-13)

A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster, Deepwater Horizon, tells the story of the off shore oil rig that exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  Starring Mark Walburg and Kurt Russell, Deepwater Horizon tells the story of one particularly courageous oil rig worker who managed to save a few of his crewmates that fateful day.

This movie has everything. Foreshadowing for days, which lends itself to just the right amount of suspense and tension, spot on casting and solid acting all the way around, absolutely stunning camera work and effects and a beautiful tribute to the 11 crewmembers who lost their lives that day.  The movie even features a scene which explains exactly what happened at the site in terms a child can understand.  The movie stays focused on the story the writers want to tell; and oh, what a story it is.  It is a perfect length, included little-to-no fluff and it felt as though nothing was left out even though we know there is so much more to the story than what is shown.  Most impressive is that you will see ordinary people turn into superheroes right before your very eyes.

This movie took me through a range of emotions. It reminded me of every day that I have ever had the thought that I should skip work; had the feeling that today was not going to be a good day.  But I got up, went to work, and wound up having the crappiest day ever.  You know exactly the day to which I am referring because I’m sure it has happened to you as well.  Thankfully, nothing has ever happened to me which compares to this scale of disaster.  To say it kind of puts things in perspective would be a gross understatement.  Anyway, I laughed a bit, I cried (even when I didn’t know I was crying, I was crying.  Tears just seemed to spring out of my eyes at times.), I jumped, covered my mouth in awe of what I was seeing, eyes wide open and expletives flying … I mean, you will be enthralled.  This is no small feat with a story that everyone has heard about.  But to hear about it is one thing – to see what it was like to be there is quite another.  And to see it so vividly and done so well is still another.  You will feel as though you are there, on the Deepwater Horizon, very close to death.  The audience gets just the right tinge of the feeling of triumph at the end – only a tinge because all did not go well and the triumph is that more of the crew members did not perish.  And if you’re anything like me, you will also be angry that those who were responsible for this tragedy weren’t held accountable in a satisfactory manner.

Deepwater Horizon earns 9 out of 10 bloops. It wasn’t Shakespeare or anything as far as testing acting chops, but damn it, it was a good, enjoyable, well made movie.  There was nothing I didn’t like about it.  Let me rephrase – the things I disliked were so miniscule they are hardly worth mentioning – but they did cost Deepwater Horizon that elusive 10th bloop.  If you see nothing else in theaters this season, if you’re not a person who goes out to see a lot of movies, make certain that you see this.  It is definitely a movie that was made to be enjoyed on the big screen at least once.  I’m surprised it wasn’t released as a summer blockbuster.  THIS is how a movie should be made!  Deepwater Horizon is disaster filmmaking at its best.  I wouldn’t mind seeing it again right now.

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