Disaster flick burns with excitement
DEEPWATER HORIZON (PG13)
Drama / 108 minutes / Opens today
Based on the 2010 real-life disaster of the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded under the operation of oil and gas company BP, it follows chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and how he and his co-workers (Kurt Russell and Gina Rodriguez) live through the worst oil spill in US history.
IF YOU'RE going to make a movie with a message, this is the way to do it.
No holds barred.
The BP oil spill was one of the worst environmental disasters in human history, so it's only fitting that Deepwater Horizon would be one of the greatest disaster flicks in Hollywood history.
There are a couple of things that make the film so effective.
Director Ridley Scott has a saying pertaining to movie violence that when the shark bites, it must bite hard.
When our titular rig explodes into chaos, it bites very hard indeed.
You can feel the power and overwhelming pressure of the gushing oil.
You can feel the heat of the fire.
You can feel the weight of the sagging, groaning metal.
It's as terrifying a presentation of hell as I've ever seen.
The other thing that makes Deepwater Horizon truly exceptional is more of a thematic thing - that when things go wrong, they go wrong fast.
One minute you're living your life, the very next moment you can be fighting for it.
The next minute after that, you might be dead.
Of course, you're free to watch Deepwater Horizon as if it's just another action flick, but that would be ignoring the elephant in the room that we're killing, along with entire ecosystems, and ultimately the earth itself.
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