Deepwater Horizon, coming September 30, 2016, is based on events occurring in April 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded. It is framed as the heroic story of bravery and endurance as the well goes down. The disaster, also known as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout, left eleven people missing. In addition, there was–and is–ongoing environmental pollution, and the event led to a long investigation and huge fines. In other words–an oil spill is a very strange choice for a heroic narrative.
I am sure there were heroic acts during the event, and I wouldn’t mind being proved wrong about the movie. It is entirely possible that director Peter Berg and screenplay writers Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand have crafted a story that takes the ongoing disaster into account as well as the immediate high cost of the blowout, giving a nuanced view of the event. The trailer, however, is standard adventure: Contrasting the peaceful home the hero has and must return to with the disaster.
The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg, Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell, Academy Award® nominee JohnMalkovich, Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and Academy
Award® nominee Kate Hudson.
What do you think? Do you buy the dinosaur story here?
Synopsis for Deepwater Horizon
On April 20, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.
Coming to theaters September 30, 2016