Reviewed byaudiodave_82Vote: 9/10/10
I usually don't write reviews but saw mostly negative reviews on hereso far and that ain't right.
It is not a perfect movie and it's not artsy, or profound. However itis very entertaining, has wide appeal, will make you laugh, have you onthe edge of your seat and might even make you cry. It's a slow build atthe beginning but the tension soon rises and you will then be hooked.The effects appear to be realistic and mostly practical made with aproduction value that appears to be one of the most expensive filmsever made (which alone is impressive given it is not a sequel orsuperhero movie).
Mark Wahlberg works as an everyman lead, but it is Kurt Russel whosteals the show. Maybe the performance of his career, and the strongestaspect of the film in my opinion. Malkovich is also amazing as thevillain, stealing every scene he is in. The two of them along with theincredible story done with top notch sets, effects and sound is exactlywhy you have to pay the money to see this on the biggest screenpossible.
If you need a film to be a character study or you want senseless actionfrom start to finish then you might be one of the people who isdisappointed. But if you are looking for a gripping story with greattension and action that can be enjoyed by a wide range then go see thisfilm.
Reviewed byMark DurforVote: 8/10/10
In April of 2010, an offshore drilling rig named Deepwater Horizonexploded resulting in the worst oil spill in U. S. History. If you'veread my previous reviews about Eddie the Eagle, Steve Jobs, The BigShort and Spotlight, you know that it's easy to get caught up in thedetails of how much of the story based on actual events really happenedand how much was embellished or altered to make a Hollywood movie.Along the way, I have made a decision to do no research into the factsof the real-life story and just focus solely on the movie itself. Imean, the movie makes no claims to be a historically accuratedocumentary, so I shouldn't hold it to those standards. And this blogisn't about movies being historically accurate when they don'tnecessarily claim to be. It's based on two factors: how accurately themovie is portrayed by its preview, and the likelihood of the moviemaking it to my home collection. With that in mind, here's my review:
Mark Wahlberg plays Mike Williams who works on the drilling rig theDeepwater Horizon. But that's the third thing we learn about Williamsfrom the preview. He's a husband and a father first. He says goodbye tohis family before being flown by helicopter with his crew to the rig.All his daughter wants is a dinosaur fossil. All his wife (Kate Hudson)wants is for him to return safely. Once aboard the rig, an executivenamed Vidrine (John Malkovich) and others from British Petroleum aremore than anxious to commence with drilling. They skip a concrete testand excuse a failed system test. They are already 43 days behind andover budget and will do whatever it takes to not fall further behinddespite Mister Jimmy's (Kurt Russell) stern objections. They shouldhave listened to Mister Jimmy because everyone's worst nightmaresexplode into reality.
Deepwater Horizon marks the reunion of Director Peter Berg and MarkWahlberg who collaborated on Lone Survivor three years ago. It wasnominated for Oscars for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing and won theScreen Actors Guild Award for best stunt team performance. WhileWahlberg has been nominated for his roles in The Fighter and TheDeparted, he's one of those reliable actors who makes smart choices. Ifyou've liked one thing Wahlberg has done, odds are,you'll like themall. Most of them won't get nominated for awards, but they will all beentertaining. Berg is in the same category. He's directed some reallygood movies (Lone Survivor, Battleship, Hancock,The Kingdom), but nonethat would really break into a critic's top 50 list. Like Wahlberg, ifyou enjoyed one of Berg's movies, odds are, you'll at least feel yougot your money's worth with all of them.
From the preview, I said that Deepwater Horizon looked action-packedand visually stunning, but that it also looked predictable with piecesof the rig falling apart or blowing up blocking every turn as Williamsand the survivors try to find a way to escape. I anticipated 3 Starsbut I'm bumping that up to 4.0 Stars. It was exactly as the previewsaid it would be and it was absolutely predictable; however, eventhough you knew what was coming, it was so perfectly executed, it stillshocked you. From the beginning, there was no doubt about the fate ofthe rig as not-so-subtle clues were dropped along the way from hisdaughter's school presentation, to the tie of the executive, to thehelicopter ride to the rig. You knew it was going to happen, but whenit did, it choked the breath right out of you and didn't give it backuntil the very end of the movie. It is worth the money to watch intheatres. Though I'm not sure I'll be owning Deepwater Horizon, I willbe watching it again.
Reviewed byrgkarimVote: 8/10/10
What is it about disasters that we enjoy watching? I could come up witha number of reasons, but the bottom line is that Hollywood has shiftedto dramatizing former events as a means for more movies. Hi, Robbie Khere bringing you another review of the latest films to grace thescreen. Tonight we hit Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg, KurtRussell, and a handful of other actors. Let's get started.
LIKES: Great acting Over the top graphics Emotionally stimulating
You might be thinking that I have gone crazy, after all Wahlberg hasn'thad the greatest roles. Deepwater Horizon breaks the mediocre streakand drops him into a position that may net him an Oscar nomination.Wahlberg's portrayal of Mike Williams is certainly a heroic one filledwith wisdom, strength, and a calm edge that sets the stage for anatural leader. But there is also a realistic side brought out near thesecond half the screen that balances out the heroic theatrics ofHollywood. Kurt Russell no surprise plays his usual rugged role, makingsure to add the hard edge testosterone rush all older actors need tobring. Hudson and Malkovich get A's as well, each bringing the neededinvolvement to round out the cast. All the extras and lesser billedroles complete the picture as a close oil crew, but much of their timeis spent standing around or ducking from fire.
Speaking of fire, the visual effects are top notch in terms of computergraphic imaging. Deepwater Horizon's reconstruction of an oil rigsuccumbing to its doom is very realistic. For you technical folks, thedirectors have crafted scenes to mimic the daily operations involvedwith pumping oil, from watching gritty mud flow through the pipe to thecracking foundation floor. That sound boring? Well those looking for alittle more suspense will be impressed when the whole operation blowsto pieces literally. You might be amazed seeing the rig, and its crew,get covered in oil before erupting into a fiery inferno you've seen inthe trailers. My friend described the visuals being so good, he feltimmersed into the disaster, wanting to duck or dive as explosionsrattled the screen.
Of course the real magic to the visual effects are the emotions itbrings with it. The various sequences and montages of the explodingmetal certainly paints a terrifying picture as you wonder how much timeis left until something falls. Now add our characters trying totraverse the obstacle course from heck, feeling horrifying chills runthrough your body as you watch human bodies hurled through the air anddisturbing injuries protruding in gory details. However, it is not alldismay and dread, no Deepwater Horizon has plenty of sequences andmontages of heroism that will make you a little proud to be a human nomatter how overly theatrical it could be.
DISLIKES: Overdramatic at times Already know the ending Editingneeds work
I'm probably sounding overcritical or nonsensical, but here it goesanyway. Deepwater Horizon is at times a bit on the overdramatic side.As I said, much of the movie will light a fire in your soul that willhave your patriotism in full force. Unfortunately, some of thesemoments are a bit too fake and in your face to get my full backing,primarily making an effort to pan on the American flag flapping in theflames. Even the more heroic moments sometimes get a bit too corny, theoverdramatic focus on the camera amid a symphony soundtrack blaringpride. Again, they get the message across and deliver the emotion, itjust sometimes gets a little too Hollywood for me.
The special effects and the noble protagonist will certainly spreadsuspense and awe, but it doesn't help that you know the ending. If youpaid attention to the news, you know all about what happens to the rig,and if you choose to ignore history take a look at the trailer. Theopening sequence doesn't help things either by telling you the fate ofa certain character that further adds predictability to the mix. Whatdoes leave in terms of suspense and surprise? Pretty much it is thefate of the crew that held any mystery to me, and that was scarce attimes. Perhaps another minor dislike, but still one nonetheless.
In regards to the editing, this one is a tough call to make. On the onehand I appreciate the details they provide about the incident, from thedevelopment of the disaster to how they faced the inferno the rigbecame. And yet, I felt some of it was elaborated too much for myliking. The build up was a little too long and drawn out, making itslightly boring as we waited for the dirt to hit the pipe. As the oilbegins to bloom into a fountain the pace picks up, but then hits a veryslow, somewhat pointless, standstill at the aftermath of the situation.Yes, it provides realism and rounding out of the characters, but againis a little too extended after all the excitement. They probably couldhave spared about fifteen minutes, but hey that's just me.
Despite this being the third historical event to get a movie thismonth, Deepwater Horizon will provide the emotional thrills you want. Afantastic CGI design that's brimming with emotion and suspense.However, the predictability and overdramatic moments fall in line withHollywood's magic and takes away from the message of the movie. I haveto recommend this one for the theater though, primarily for thetechnological achievements it brings.
Overall my scores are:
Action/Drama/Thriller: 8.0 Movie Overall: 7.0
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.