Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon


Ariana Buccelli, Staff Writer

Deepwater Horizon is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole film. For those of you that have never heard of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this movie provides lots of information on everything that happened. On April 20th, 2010, a large explosion occurred at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion led to an entire building catching on fire with oil going everywhere, including into the water. The oil spill polluted  the water for the years that followed. It was the largest marine oil spill in American history. Additionally, this tragedy had several casualties.  On the morning of April 20th, the British Petroleum (BP) workers were sent home without having tested the cement pressure. This was one of the key events that led to the downfall of the rig. Eleven out of the one hundred-twenty six workers died on the Deepwater Horizon. The movie really captured all aspects of this disaster.

The blockbuster focuses on the story of Mike Williams, a character based on one of the workers present the day of the oil spill. He is the character that throughout the entire movie you are constantly worried something might happen to. He is portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, who does an excellent job. Mike is always putting everyone else’s life before his own to try and save as many people as he can. As the movie progresses it becomes more difficult to tell if Mike is going to survive, creating painful suspense. The movie makers really get across the message across that the oil spill was a very serious matter. The movie shows all sides of the story, including what exactly caused the spill. Overall it was an entertaining movie that was also quite informative. I would give it a 7/10 and recommend it to most people.