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Deepwater Horizon Movie Review

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I was lucky enough to check out Deepwater Horizon not too long ago, so let’s talk about it! I was really psyched to see this movie because Peter Berg is coming off one of my favorite movies of the 2010s in Lone Survivor. Peter Berg is also joining Mark Wahlberg for the second straight time, and I loved them together in Lone Survivor. I was interested to see this story because I remember seeing this event on the news, and I don’t think I totally took in the gravity of the situation, so that was one thing I wanted from this movie. Let’s talk about it!

Deepwater Horizon is directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and John Malkovich. The story follows the events of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploding off the coast of Louisiana in 2010. Following failure to completely check the safety on the rig, an explosion caused the largest oil spill in American history.

As I mentioned, I really loved Lone Survivor, and it’s one of my favorite movies of the 2010s, and even though I really liked Berg’s earlier work, when I was sitting in the theater seeing Battleship in 2012 I never thought Berg would get me as emotional as I did in Lone  Survivor. Well, I think he did it again. He made me extremely emotional again, and I loved it. I don’t want to sound like a monster, but Peter Berg shoots large-scale human suffering so well. I don’t like seeing human suffering because, well, I am a human with a heart and morals, but if I’m going to see it, I want to see Peter Berg do it. I even enjoy it when Peter Berg does it, and not because I like that the characters are struggling, but because I’m emotionally attached to the characters and the story. I think that Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell both give amazing performances, and they’re both showing that they’re so talented. Again, Mark Wahlberg works so well with Peter Berg in a lead role, and they work together to capture the gravity of the situation and the emotion of the characters. I think that the cast had really great chemistry, and they worked together and interacted like they had been working together as long as the crew members on Deepwater Horizon. All of the conversations and the way they treated each other like family made the movie tie me down emotionally, and it pulled me in to cheer for these characters. Next, I think that this movie is very technically sound, for the most part. I think that the sound and visuals are both great, and even though it’s not breaking any barriers, it was pretty clean and tight.

I had a couple problems with the movie, so let’s go over those as well. First of all, I have no clue what John Malkovich was doing in this movie. I couldn’t tell what he was going for with his accent or his character, and he was so strange. It felt like he was just dropped right into this because he had much different motivations than anybody else. Having different motivations doesn’t make him a bad character, but I seriously questioned a lot of what he was doing. I’m not an expert on oil rigs or anything, but I’m pretty sure that if the rigs don’t pass the safety tests, you shouldn’t just say, “Screw it.” You should probably fix the problem to make sure that everyone is safe because given that you’re on an oil rig, things can go very wrong. You’re farming one of the most combustable substances in the world, so it felt like common sense went out the window. Finally, there are a few problems I had with the editing. There are a few times where the characters are talking to each other and it is so quickly edited that it stops feeling like dialogue and feels like a scripted read. I mentioned that it was technically sound for the most part, and if this was fixed I would say that it was technically sound all the way around.

Overall, I really loved Deepwater Horizon. I thought that it brought great performances to a director who is one of the best in the business at shooting catastrophic events and difficult situations for humans. It was mostly technically sound, and the cast had amazing chemistry together. This movie also hit all of the notes perfectly on an emotional level from the tragedy of the event to the main character’s relationship with his wife. On paper, I think Mark Wahlberg with Kate Hudson is a strange choice, and I don’t know if they would have chemistry, but it works so well in this movie, and definitely proves me wrong. I had a couple problems, such as John Malkovich’s character because he was all over the place. He couldn’t pick an accent and his motivations were insane. I still think Deepwater Horizon is a great movie, and I’m going to give it an 8.5/10.

Will you be seeing Deepwater Horizon this weekend? If you are, comment down below and let me know, and come back and let me know what you thought! I’m actually writing this review pretty early, so I’m just going to say to look out for reviews for Masterminds and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. They may even be out right now! We’re pulling into Oscar season, so reviews will be flowing in! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

PHOTO: Teaser Trailer

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm