DVD Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon (Lights, Camera, Action!)

By Georgina Aindow 07.02.2017

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Deepwater Horizon (UK Rating: 12)

Workers on-board the Deepwater Horizon oil rig fight for their lives when the system malfunctions, setting the entire rig in flames. The oil rig exploded during April 2010, creating "the worst oil spill in U.S. history." Now the events are brought to life on DVD after a successful cinema run.

Directed by Peter Berg, Deepwater Horizon emulates an old Hollywood disaster movie, the sort of which the industry was known so well for producing. The only difference here is this concept is based on a true story, making the Hollywood 'touch' feel all too realistic. Its primary focus lies on the workers themselves, along with the risks they faced. The scenes in which the chaos erupts is simply an on-screen spectacle, and should be viewed for its special effects alone.

The intensity of destruction captured is impressive. The aftermath is absent, however, which is disappointing, and would have made this a fascinating, heart-wrenching watch. This is merely skipped upon, though, and rushed to a brief ending. Its empathy is portrayed in an "at arm's length" manner during the final act, meaning that the version of events, therefore, feel all too simplified, lacking a sense of 'completeness.'


 
The pacing strikes as a strong-point, thankfully, along with the acting, which is a crucial element in a film of this genre. It proves to be one of Mark Wahlberg's better roles - heroic and determined. The supporting cast, consisting of Dylan O'Brien, Kurt Russell, and Kate Hudson, perform on an equally engaging level to make for a well-rounded experience overall.

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10
Not only does Deepwater Horizon entertain audiences, it educates in a profound manner. Dark, yet realistic, the events unfold before the viewer's eyes with what may be some of the best special effects of the year. It turns out to be a flawed film that is overcome with a considerable amount of positives, particularly in the form of its credible cast.

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