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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. Read critic reviews

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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos.

Cast & Crew

Mark Wahlberg
Mike Williams
Kurt Russell
Jimmy Harrell
James DuMont
Patrick O'Bryan
Joe Chrest
David Sims
Gina Rodriguez
Andrea Fleytas
Brad Leland
Robert Kaluza
John Malkovich
Donald Vidrine
J.D. Evermore
Dewey Revette
Ethan Suplee
Jason Anderson
Kate Hudson
Felicia Williams
Stella Allen
Sydney Williams
Dylan O'Brien
Caleb Holloway
Matthew Sand
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Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg
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Enrique Chediak
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Critic Reviews for Deepwater Horizon

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  • 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.
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