Deepwater Horizon (2016) watch online free now here, find a quality movie streaming and preferred language. A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project’s long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers’ fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig’s various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history.
Deepwater Horizon is a movie that succeeds on two levels: as an action-packed blockbuster and as an honest depiction of a tragic disaster. It’s the story of the BP oil rig that exploded and contaminated the Gulf of Mexico. The way Berg directs the sequence of events is well paced and purposefully developmental for a good chunk of the movie. It takes about 45 minutes before the crap hits the fan, during which we’re allowed time to get to know the characters – their quirks, their personalities – so we can empathize with their situation. The stakes feel real, as they should (and were), which is a testament to the directing and the acting. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell dominate in their roles, Russell given the opportunity to remind us why he’s one of the biggest stars ever. The supporting cast is excellent, including John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O’Brien, who have chemistry and rapport between other characters (Malkovich and Russell sharing a couple intense moments where not a word is said).
The disaster itself is portrayed brilliantly. The tone remains frantic and the stunning special effects work puts it over the edge. Once things go south, it’s a nonstop adrenaline rush till the end. The only reason it’s not rated higher is because it’s merely a depiction of events, nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary in regards to storytelling. But it didn’t have to be. This was a tragic event and the gritty realism shown here is as refreshing as it is intense. If you’re in the mood for a deeper-than-average thrill-ride, look no further than Deepwater Horizon.
The worst ecological disaster in history provides us with one of the exciting American disaster films in history: Deepwater Horizon. Director Peter Berg so authentically recreates the oil-rig explosion and its aftermath that, if you see it in IMAX, you will feel as if you were there, and possibly cry over the loss that could have been avoided. Eleven deaths and countless others wounded, along with millions of gallons of crude are consequential.
Mark Wahlberg (remember him as hero in Berg’s Lone Survivor) gives another heroic performance, this time as Transocean chief electronic technician Mike Williams, more like Kurt Russell’s (what is it with his mustaches?) usual disaster profile, who is here as skipper Jimmy Harrell. With an impressive supporting group, they give the feeling of ordinary people caught in unimaginable hell as Mother Nature explodes oil and methane to completely destroy the floating rig.
The most interesting part of the film precedes the 2010 explosion off the coast of Louisiana: The representative administrators from BP are led by the usually bad-boy John Malkovich, playing Donald Vidrine, an official more interested in the bottom line than the humans who will end up on the ocean floor. The BP officials have let slide a crucial test of the cement supporting the rig, and subsequent events prove them wrong to avoid a test that would have cost the multi billion dollar corporation a pittance compared to the cost of disaster.
While the opening of the film is filled with jargon-laced repartee among the crew and the usual homely scene between Mike and his wife (Kate Hudson) and daughter (an impressive Stella Allen), the latter part of the film emphasizes Mike’s heroics, important to the genre but hardly the point the film should be making. Deepwater Horizon should have in part been a cautionary tale about corporate greed and a wake-up call for safety upgrades. Maybe even a small emphasis on the lives of ordinary working citizens off the rig affected by the blast would have been in order.
I walked out of this film knowing something I didn’t know before. However, I didn’t care very much about it, when I really should have. And I certainly didn’t care about too many of the characters.
We have Mark Wahlberg and we like him because he loves his wife and daughter. And we have Gina Rodriugez who we are introduced to when she has a twenty second argument with her old, run down car and another twenty second exchange with her boyfriend. Besides that, we know nothing about her.
And we know nothing about the lives or personalities of virtually anyone else on the oil rig, so we have no reason to care if they live or die. We want Wahlberg to go home to the wife and seven year old daughter who love him. We care little about Gina and nothing about anyone else. Yes, there is also the character of the corporate cold codfish who puts profits above people. We’ve seen him hundreds of times and this guy is no different, in spite of John Malkovich’s history of creating unique, interesting characters. And we have Kurt Russell as the hardworking, dedicated, gruff, manly team leader who we’ve also seen two thousand times.
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, the arguably campy disaster flick from the seventies was the first film that came to my mind. Thirty five years after the last time I saw the movie, I can still remember specific details about a dozen of the characters. Hundreds of people were on the boat, at least twelve of them were carefully defined with life histories and unique personalities and because they advertised that there would only be six survivors, you sat at your seat’s edge pulling for the people you liked. When the faces of the actual real life casualties are shown at the end of DEEPWATER HORIZON, you have no idea which characters, if any, were based on which people.
Have audiences become so dumbed down and is HBO our only salvation? There were at least twenty active, carefully defined, unique characters in any given season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE, there were just as many on THE SOPRANOS and there were at least thirty or forty on OZ. Do contemporary directors actually believe that 21st century film audiences can only follow one character at a time? Again, you cared if Mark Wahlberg lived or died. You didn’t know much or care much about anyone else in DEEPWATER HORIZON. And you barely thought or cared about the actual issue. I walked out of STAR TREK IV wanting to save the whales and I left PROMISED LAND wishing I could do something about fracking. Do I care about the greed of major oil companies? I did before I saw this movie. I don’t care much more or less now.