Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day's end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. It reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, Summit Entertainment,, [2017]
Edition: 2016 motion picture production
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 107 mins.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Atmos,Dolby Digital 5.1,Dolby Digital 2.0,rda
wide screen (2.40:1),rda
video file,Blu-ray,1080p high definition,region A,rda

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mholli
Jul 19, 2017

I wasn't certain what to expect, but we found this to be a very interesting and entertaining movie based on actual events. Excellent choice of actors and an interesting weave of well-developed character plots.

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uncommonreader
Jul 18, 2017

This movie focuses on special effects rather than on the role of BP in the disaster and its aftermath for the environment.

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akirakato
Jul 11, 2017

This DVD won't run on the Classic Media Player.
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bjohns
Jun 28, 2017

I wasn't expecting much but I really enjoyed this movie.

It doesn't go into depth on all the mistakes leading up to the explosion and there is absolutely no mention of the ensuing environmental disaster afterward.

But the story line was well-paced, the cinematography was spectacular, and the special effects were noteworthy. Mark Wahlberg actually acted like a normal guy in this flick and Kate Hudson was perfectly cast. I always had a soft spot for Kurt Russell and John Malkovich played the asshole really well.

A very good action-packed rental movie. Unfortunately, everyone has forgotten this tragedy and BP got away scot-free. Now the folks in this part of the Gulf Coast will continue to suffer and to vote for Trump.

DEEPWATER HORIZON is worth checking out more for its anti-extractivist message than the quality of the film itself. I believe director Berg's intention is to make the audience uncomfortable, and in that he succeeds. The movie plows forward faster than its run time of 107 minutes. You get a saccharine family life opening, which is supposed to school viewers on the function of gigantic floating oil rigs like Deepwater Horizon. Then you get a disconcerting intro to worklife on Deepwater Horizon. (You feel like it's your first day on a huge construction site, with technical lingo you don't understand and a social shorthand that passes you by.) Then the black hats from BP, played by John Malkovich and Brad Leland, are introduced. Then it's all death and destruction, hellfire and brimstone for the remainder (with the exception of an outro that emphasizes PTSD). You can't come away from this movie feeling good about fossil fuels.

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COURIER3
Jun 18, 2017

This movie was a disaster about a disaster. Overdone with fires and explosions. Poor audio on dialogue. Could not understand the mumbling. Reversed DVD many times to try and understand actors.

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chrisbee55
Jun 04, 2017

I really enjoyed this movie, too bad it was based on true events. It is reprehensible that BP were not even held accountable for this devastating environmental disaster, not to mention the lives lost. It seems that big business with deep pockets always seem to win, won't they

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kpelish
Jun 01, 2017

Excellent re-creation of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, including a partial build of the oil rig itself to make the story more credible. In-your-face pyrotechnics, desperate fights for survival, and unfair deaths are balanced by subtle touches: the mariners’ fear and respect of birds shows in two different, ominous bird strikes, and Kate Hudson (who plays the hero’s wife), tiredly notes the energy treadmill as they stop for gas: “Buy gas to get to work, buy more gas to get back from work….”
There are two relationships I especially enjoyed: the veneer of civility, quickly broached, between the money-driven BP corporate owners (creepily and smugly done by John Malkovich), and the oil exploring staff who built and maintain the rig. Kurt Russell, blessedly free of plastic surgery and aging well, is the gruff operations manager who walks a horrible tightrope in trying to put his crew first versus the power imbalance of being…just staff.
Gina Rodriguez does a great job as the lone professional woman on a rig (ship) full of men. She deftly deflects being hit on and casual micro-taps of being called “girl” and “young lady”. Her final scene on the ship is both intense and believable, and doesn’t detract from her strength as the driver (the oil rig was actually movable).

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Jadiepooh
May 09, 2017

Deepwater Horizon is a very good movie. The film explains the environmental, mechanical, and human elements that led to the disaster. At the same time Deepwater Horizon shows the human side of the workers on the oil platform instead of letting them fade into the background of the disaster itself. At times it is hard to watch the film as the audience watches characters they care about trying to survive. A very good film and one that highlights the human story that was overshadowed by the environmental disaster that followed.

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ShasCho
May 07, 2017

How Big Oil cares for the earth.
Good job of explaining what caused this spill
and why spills are so very frequent.

More interpersonal drama than I care for,
but they have to draw the viewers somehow, right?

Well worth the watching if you care about the subject.

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jimg2000
Mar 05, 2017

Film based on New York Times' article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours, written by David Barstow, David S. Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, and published on December 25, 2010:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/us/26spill.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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