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Monday, 23 January 2017

DEEPWATER HORIZON [2016]

Director Peter Berg's first true story disaster film of 2016 is the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Deepwater Horizon.
It tells of the 2010 events that led to one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history, when the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded killing 11 men.
The heart-stopping action sequences is the star here with it's snappy editing, incredible sound design and applause-worthy visual effects.  The characters are wafer-thin, leaving only Wahlberg and Kurt Russell with enough to chew on that so there's actual reason to become emotionally invested.  Fortunately Berg doesn't exploit the event for wide-eyed popcorn thrills and instead makes the action realistically frightening, but ultimately fails to explore the drastic environmental destruction in the aftermath.

3 crimson ties out of 5

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