Deepwater Horizon DVD Reviewed by Jon E Clist

The Premise
A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The Review
True stories are always gonna get ya in the feels and I think you know what I mean. When you realise that the emotions and hardships that are being faced by these characters on screen are based on real life struggles, you can’t help but connect and empathize.

There were moments in this film that were so very intense and certainly moved you very close to the edge of your seat as you see just how quickly a situation can go from safe to extremely dangerous in the blink of an eye. Especially when you are on such an isolated location, this place where when things go wrong you can’t rely on outside help and support as they are too far removed. Instead it comes down to just what you can do. I think that director, Peter Berg has done a brilliant job of capturing this intensity and atmosphere in a riveting and powerful manner.

Part of the success comes from the realistic nature of the set. An oil rig was built just for this film, this rig is located in Chalmette, Louisiana where filming mostly took place. It has been coined as the largest set piece ever built.

A large number of oilfield workers in the Gulf of Mexico are against making the film because they feel that it dishonours the men who died during the actual event. However, Mike Williams (Survivor of the real event) is all for the film and actually worked on and with the crew along with another survivor of the event. He feels it is a good way of showing people the circumstances that the crew members went through and that the goal of the film crew was to make it as real as possible. In fact, during filming, Mark Wahlberg actually insisted that Mike Williams stay on set throughout, as Mark wanted everything to accurately reflect what happened on board Deepwater Horizon.
The Verdict
Powerfully moving and rather intense. Same sort of formula as Berg and Wahlberg’s previous outing Lone Survivor.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 18th January 2017
Rating: M – Contains Mature themes and coarse language
Duration: 107 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin
Director: Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Battleship)

The Extras

In Kate Hudson's Instagram she published photo with her step-father Kurt Russell. She mentioned this movie will be the first movie working with him.

The producers of the movie contacted Mark Wahlberg and told him they wanted a screen combo with an older and younger male lead together. Wahlberg started to contact some of the older actors he knew, like Jack Nicholson. But, to his surprise, the producers wanted Wahlberg to be the older lead, with someone like Dylan O'Brien being the younger one.

The actor, Graham McGinnis, portraying the Coast Guard Lieutenant is an actual active duty Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer stationed at USCG Airstation New Orleans.

A role was offered to Emma Stone but she declined as the script was still being worked on.

Received a standing ovation after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.