Deepwater Horizon

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Deepwater Horizon makes effective use of its titular man-made disaster to deliver an uncommonly serious -- yet still suitably gripping -- action thriller.



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On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever.

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Mark Wahlberg
as Mike Williams
Kurt Russell
as Jimmy Harrell
Gina Rodriguez
as Andrea Fleytas
Dylan O'Brien (II)
as Caleb Holloway
Kate Hudson
as Felicia Williams
Jeremy Sande
as Adam Weise
Henry Frost
as Shane Rosto
Ethan Suplee
as Jason Anderson
James DuMont
as O'Bryan
J.D. Evermore
as Dewey A. Revette
Jason Pine
as Stephen Ray Curtis
Jason Kirkpatrick
as Aaron Dale Burkeen
Jonathan Angel
as Gordon Jones
Bill McMullen
as Halliburton Rep
Peter Berg
as Mr. Skip
Juston Street
as Anthony Gervasio
Zachary Guerra
as Coast Guard Commander
Chris Ashworth
as Coast Guard Officer #1
Graham McGinnis
as Coast Guard Officer #2
Robert Nash
as Coast Guard Officer #3
Sean Carter
as ROV Operator
Henri Esteve
as Andrea's Housemate
Elizabeth Carey
as Frenchman/Schlumberger #1
Mustafa Harris
as Bankston Crewman/Medic
Joel Allen
as Old Man Carl
Terry Milam
as Keith Blair Manuel
Garrett Kruithof
as Karl Kleppinger Jr.
Michael A. Howell
as Roy Wyatt Kemp
Ronald Weaver
as Donald Clark
Deneen Tyler
as Paula Walker
Jim Klock
as Sacred Crew Member
Michael O'Brien
as ROV Supervisor
Garrett Hines
as Wyman Wheeler
Leighton Gonzales
as ROV Operator #2
Trace Adkins
as Massive Man
Kurt Peterson
as Rescue Swimmer
Ilan Srulovicz
as Outgoing DPO
Trent Zimmer
as DP Officer
Cedric Gervais
as Frenchman/Schlumberger #2
Cierra Price
as Counter Agent #1
Tawnya Carr
as Bristow Advisory
Kenneth Billings
as Crew Member
Meghan Gatto
as Reporter #1
Tom Yura
as Reporter #2
Wesley Figaro
as Coast Guard Officer #4
Jennifer Tamminen
as Coast Guard Officer #5
Saundra Santiago
as Worried Mother
Carliene O'Connor
as Coast Guard Officer #6
Barry Fallon
as BP Personnel
Anthony Ace Thomas
as Paula's Husband
Fred North
as Helicopter Pilot
Ronnie Cupstid
as Subsea Engineer
David William Donze
as Still Photographer
Micah LeBlanc
as Incoming Sea Engineer
Patrick Arabie
as Chief Mechanic
Brandt Allen
as Aircraft Commander
Kelly Smith
as Co-Pilot #1
Stephen Nicoll
as Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
Preston Brice
as Roughneck #2
Randolph Perkins
as Rig Worker #1
David Grutman
as Frenchman/Schlumberger #3
Peter Trentacosta, III
as Life Boat Driver
Jenny Kubiak
as Counter Agent #2
Steve Fisher
as Transocean Employee
Scott Campbell
as BP Escort
Barker Carlock
as Bankston Survivor #1
Tracy Mann
as Bankston Survivor #2
Derek Thorsrud
as Co-Pilot #2
Nick Litchfield
as Deepwater Rescue Swimmer
Robert Lovett
as Deck Hand
Mayla Parker
as Voice of Natalie
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Critic Reviews for Deepwater Horizon

All Critics (249) | Top Critics (51)

  • Viewers will leave with a fine sense of how it felt to be on that blazing rig, but they'll still have plenty of questions about how and why things went so wrong.

    Oct 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Admittedly, the heroics are overblown but there's a devastating clarity in the way the script defines the causes of the disaster.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In short, Peter Berg has done it again. You come out shaken with excitement, but with a touch of shame, too, at being so easily thrilled.

    Oct 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • My only serious complaint about Deepwater Horizon is that it's not quite the muckraker I'd hoped for.

    Oct 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • You can't help marveling at the tightrope the filmmakers walk: honoring their courage and sacrifice while making an action flick entertaining enough to justify the more than $100 million it took to make it come alive on-screen.

    Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Deepwater Horizon

  • Aug 15, 2017
    The story of the biggest oil rig explosion in US history takes its time getting off the ground. Oddly enough, you still only really get to know three characters, mostly Wahlberg's. The acting is top notch, especially Russell and Malkovich are great. The film tries to give a sense of the daily mundane conversations and routines on board, which mostly works. It really shines when the shit literally hits the fan, though. The action is pretty breath-taking and unique enough, considering there wasn't an oil rig catastrophe film yet. Oddly enough, it's already over soon after. You can't blame a film for sticking close to actual events and not pushing fake drama into the story, but ultimately I expected more. The consequences for nature are merely hinted at with some text in the very end.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2017
    Often thrilling, often numbing, Deepwater Horizon probes the depths of the oil disaster of 2010 with brisk efficiency. Unfortunately, characterizations are weak and there aren't many reasons to care about the figures involved. It often follows the stale disaster movie template of hero goes off and helps people in a major disaster, while worried wife stays at home listening to radio or phone. It doesn't break away much to set itself as a distinguishing force in the genre. Rating: 60
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2017
    The duo of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg continue their string of true-to-life stories of heroism and courage with Deepwater Horizon. With solid efforts of highlighting the perilous moments and establishing a decent amount of backstory on its real-life workers/survivors and the situations before and after, the film is a heart-drenching trial of survival and disaster. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2017
    Based on a true story, Deepwater Horizon is an intense disaster film about the 2010 BP oil spill. The story follows the workers on an offshore oil rig as they encounter problems with a recently drilled well, leading to a blowback that threatens to destroy the rig and kill everyone on it. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, and Kate Hudson, the film has a solid cast that gives some strong performances. And director Peter Berg does an impressive job at capturing the intensity and chaos of the situation. Additionally, the film refrains from making moral judgments or villainizing anyone, and instead allows the audience to come to their own conclusions. The pacing is a little slow and the plot is kind of hard to follow at times (with all the technical talk about drilling), but once the disaster hits it becomes incredibly compelling. Deepwater Horizon is a powerful film that looks at the heroism that arose in a time of crisis.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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