By Mica Wilhite
“Deepwater Horizon” is a film that does not try to thrill or shock the audience. It doesn’t have to. Fire on an ultra-deepwater offshore drilling rig floating 4,000 feet above some of the deepest oil wells drilled in history at that time (35,000+ feet) is terrifying enough to make a successful Hollywood cinematic experience.
Tragically, for the crew of the real-life Deepwater Horizon and their families, the things they were told could never happened, happened on April 20, 2010. A blowout occurred that caused an explosion on the rig and 11 of the 126 crew members lost their lives. Thirty-six hours later, the semi-submersible marine vessel sank into the Gulf of Mexico.
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, one of the courageous survivors who lives up to his wife’s (Kate Hudson) admonition that he is “good man.” According to Williams in a recent BBC interview, the movie is “about 70% accurate”, and if anything, the key events of the story are under dramatized.
While the film is well reviewed because of the human story of Williams and the rest of the Deepwater Horizon crew, it also shows the role Bob Kaluza (Brad Leland) and Don Vidrine
(John Malkovich) played in the disaster that led to the largest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. This month’s Texas Monthly describes how Kaluza and Vidrine were two low-level British Petroleum supervisors and the only people to be indicted for their role in the events of April 20, 2010.
“Deepwater Horizon” is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for intense disaster scenes and strong language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.
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