Oil spill drama comes alive on screen

Monday October 10, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
Mark Wahlberg stars in the Deepwater Horizon, the latest American biographical disaster fi lm, screening at the Empire Cinema. 16100713 Mark Wahlberg stars in the Deepwater Horizon, the latest American biographical disaster fi lm, screening at the Empire Cinema. 16100713

GREED CAN be a very nasty thing.


As they say, if money is the root of all evil, then greed is the seed.

Whether it’s greed for money, power, love, as long as it’s greater than compassion, there is bound to be suffering.

The corporate firm behind United States’ worst-ever oil spill was probably a bit too late to realise this. But now, they must surely have learned their lesson.

Deepwater Horizon, the latest American biographical disaster film, is based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, who plays chief electronics technician Mike Williams on board Deepwater Horizon, an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore drilling rig owned by Transocean.  

The movie begins with Williams giving testimony about the disaster, which occurred on the night of April 20, 2010.

The story goes like this: Happily married with a daughter, Williams leaves his family behind for Deepwater Horizon on a three-week assignment in the Gulf of Mexico.

He joins Transocean safety expert Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell), Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez), the 23-year-old worker who helped operate the rig’s sophisticated navigation machinery, and two BP (formerly British Petroleum).

Arriving at Deepwater Horizon, the group is met by the testing team which leaves the rig without completing their task of checking the quality of the well and the drilling machines.

An infuriated Harrell confronts Donald Vidrine the BP executive on board (John Malkovich) and demands tests before allowing workers to proceed with well pumping.

He carries out a test which produces a “good” result but is not convinced by it and reckons the quality is being compromised.

Vidrine carries out another test without Harrell’s consent to speed up the process to get the well pumping.

Initially, things look good, then the disaster strikes leaving 11 dead and a number of others badly injured in what was later classed as the world’s worst oil disaster.

Directed by Peter Berg, the maker of Hancock, Battleship and Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon is a tale of heroism and heartache in the midst of a disaster in the middle of the ocean.

Berg is a class above the rest when it comes to turning true events into motion picture.

He did it eloquently with the Lone Survivor, which also featured Wahlberg, and with Deepwater Horizon, he went up a notch in recreating the incident which caused the largest oil spill in US waters.

The cinematography, especially in the opening scenes when the main character leaves the mainland to join the rig, is beautifully done.

The stunning aerial shots are candy to the eyes and sync in well before the main drama unfolds.

While the actual magnitude of the disaster at Deepwater Horizon is anyone’s guess, Berg’s ability to recreate the events in horrifying detail is amazing.

One can easily imagine the horror that the survivors faced that dreadful night.

Wahlberg delivers another masterful performance as chief electronics technician.

Deepwater Horizon is a living testament to greed and the suffering it can bring to mankind and nature.

It’s a story about survivors who continue to fight the nightmare they endured throughout their lives.

It’s a battle they may have survived but they continue to fight it every day in order to live.

Deepwater Horizon accurately portrays a harrowing nightmare that hopefully, will never repeat itself.

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