TV/Movie

The movie 'Deepwater Horizon' reminds us of the terrible oil spill disaster in Gulf of Mexico

By Menahem Zen / 2016.09.18
Mark Wahlberg attends the 'Deepwater Horizon' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

The movie "Deepwater Horizon" re-enacts the explosion of BP offshore oil rig in 2010, and reminding us of the horror. It successfully captures moments after moments before the explosion of semi-submersible oil drilling rig the Gulf of Mexico, April 2010.

"Deepwater Horizon" premiered Sept. 12 at the Toronto International Film Festival and received standing ovation from audience. Directed by Peter Berg, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.

Peter Berg, who is a poor choice for directing the movie proved the criticism wrong,  according to The Guardian. After he failed to deliver a disaster movie "Battleship," he worked with Mark Wahlberg in the 2013 movie "Lone Survivor" and they nailed it. The movie succcessfully re-enacted the true event of the Navy SEAL team assigned to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in the mountain of Afghanistan.

Therefore casting Wahlberg for "Deepwater Horizon" is necessary for Berg to guarantee the success.

Deepwater Horizon" follows an offshore rig engineer Mike Williams (Wahlberg) a chief technician in Deep Water Horizon, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. When he arrives at the rig, he finds some irregularities in the equipment. Later, on the issue escalates into a heated argument between a senior engineer Jimmy Harrel (Russel) and visiting BP executive Donald Vidrine (Malkovich).

Donald, a well site leader, insists to continue the drilling operation despite of irregularities. While Jimmy rejects his idea, due to concerns about safety.

The movie was shot in Lousiana, with some current and former oil workers also becomes cast members. Berg admitted about the resistance he faced from BP for the film. In an interview with Press Association, as quoted by Bloomberg, he said, "This was a film that BP probably wasn't thrilled was getting made."

The movie "Deepwater Horizon" is scheduled to release on Sept. 30. in North America and international market. Summit Entertainment is in charge for the distribution in United States and Canada , while Lionsgate Entertainment handles the international market.

Watch the official movie trailer of "Deepwater Horizon" from Lionsgate Entertainment below.

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