Based on real life events, I knew what happened at the Deepwater Horizon well and it added to the tension; this movie was tense with a capital “T”. I spent the first half of the movie waiting and wondering when the oil derrick would finally explode and the second half worrying about who would die and who would live. I was exhausted when the film ended. My nerves would have been happier if I had been ignorant of the events at Deepwater Horizon well.

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This film honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

The movie is jammed pack with an extraordinary cast. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams. Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson plays his wife, Felicia Williams. Kurt Russell is Jimmy Harrell. Gina Rodriguez is Andrea Fleytas. Academy Award nominee John Malkovich plays Vidrine, a BP bigshot who is more concerned about profits than the safety of the people on the well. The actors were great but the constant noises made by the rig and then the explosion often made the dialogue hard to hear.

Peter Berg directed this explosive film. He also directed “Lone Survivor.”

The screenplay for “Deepwater Horizon” was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand. The story was created by Sand based on the article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours” written by David Rhode and Stephanie Saul.

The special effects in the movie were amazing. The explosions and flying debris made me want to duck under my seat. It is a miracle that anyone lived through this disaster.

The make-up artists should be nominated for all sorts of awards. The wounds, burns, mud and oil on the actors seemed so real.

The only problem I had was that the film often focused on underwater scenes of the well and drill pipe. I assumed I was watching something that was going to blow up eventually but the parts that blew up weren’t under water. I am not sure why the Director kept focusing on the pipe that was underwater. It was confusing.

“Deepwater Horizon” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.

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