On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Ban...more
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos. less
The movie is for lovers of disaster movies having special effects This one is a well made disaster movie which is graphic to a great extent and can boast of some elaborately done scenes of explosions, fire and general mayhem as the oil rig comes crashing down due to a major malfunction during performance checks. The scenes are well constructed and real with the sound track adding to the overall effect. No doubt a lot of painstaking effort has been done which needs to be appreciated. The scenes of emerging fireballs, the crashing sound of glass and the panic in the characters gives a totally realistic feel to the film. The plot is about a disaster waiting to happen in an oil rig due to the compromises made on safety procedures as the representative of the owners ( John Malkovich) is all set to cut corners for profit motive against the ideas of engineer Mark Wahlberg and safety supervisor Kurt Russel for whom safety procedures are paramount. The message is quite clear that if safety instructions are not followed in such installations having heavy machinery there is every chance of a disaster of huge proportions taking place. A number of people including the characters played by Mark and Kurt had shown great courage in the face of adversity and this has been shown very well. Director Peter Berg has done a splendid job in effectively bringing to the screen this disaster in all its devastating anger. Actors become weak and vulnerable as they fight back with their survival instinct. Both Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russel do justice to their roles. As the villainous corporate rep John Malkovich is adequate. Kate Hudson as the wife puts in a nice portrayal.