“Deepwater Horizon” hums with real-life drama

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — We all remember the environmental disaster in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploding in the Gulf of Mexico.

But, few remember the story of the crew that was on the floating drill when it exploded in flames back in 2010. Inspired by a New York Times article, “Deepwater Horizon” stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams. He’s the IT guy and electronics engineer on the rig, Kate Hudson plays his wife back home on the shore.

Inspired by a New York Times article, “Deepwater Horizon” stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams. He’s the IT guy and electronics engineer on the rig. Kate Hudson plays his wife back home on the shore.

Kurt Russell stars as the rigs crew chief who butts heads with BP officials, lead by an executive played by John Malkovich. His character has been cutting back on safety tests and checks. When they stop-down to test the blowout protection, the rig erupts in flames.

“Deepwater Horizon” is a captivating, intense, and detailed moment-by-moment recreation of the man-made disaster.

It is surprisingly intimate for a film that deals with massive explosions on one of largest machines on the planet. It’s a celebration of the average Joes and blue collar workers who stepped up to rescue their co-workers in the face of a horrific disaster.

It’s also an indictment of corporate greed where money trumped safety and put lives in jeopardy.

Like with this month’s similarly structured “Sully,” the film gives the audience a glimpse at the real life people being portrayed in the film.  And, at just over 90 minutes, its a lean, mean look at the disaster that doesn’t waste the audience’s time. “Deepwater Horizon” earns an A minus.

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