MOVIE REVIEW: Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Directed by Peter Berg

From directing a non-fiction war film, Peter Berg is back where he’s good at, mounting suspenseful sequences that also dare to get the audiences emotionally invested with the characters. Deepwater Horizon is a moving tale of courage and bravery. The film does wonder with its drama, its suspense and the humanity in its story, and it’s more than you could ask for from it.

On April 20, 2010, a blowout and explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon irreparably damages and sinks the oil rig, releasing thousands of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico in the U.S.’ worst ever oil spill. Michael ‘Mike’ Williams (Wahlberg), together with Caleb Holloway (O’Brien) and Andrea Fleytas (Rodriguez), three of more than 120 crew members on board, help rescue some of their ship mates, while his family back home deals with the fallout of the disaster.

The film presents what’s worse than nightmares, the real dangers. Mark Wahlberg isn’t new to being in the center of the danger, and with director Berg, everything is staged capably from showing the affection of the families outside of the disaster to the perils of the people in it. It’s an edge-of-your-seat, heart-wrenching true story of true heroes.



4 Stars

“Deepwater Horizon” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films. Also available in IMAX and 4Dx. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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