I think this might be my favorite movie featuring Mark Wahlberg (Ted, Lone Survivor) to date. Wahlberg often takes on fratty roles that are easily replaceable, but this film clearly portrays the talent that got Wahlberg noticed in the film world. Wahlberg takes on the role of Mike Williams, a true hero on the Deepwater Horizon. The supporting cast also respectfully portrays their characters with differing roles in the events that unfolded on the oil rig. Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight) seems to be making a comeback with his recent success. As Jimmy Harrell, he plays a loveable mentor and safety-concerned BP employee. Russell is the perfect mentor in cinema, having experience in so many different roles. It is damn-near impossible to dislike Kurt Russell at this point in his career.
Deepwater Horizon not only features an incredible cast, it also features incredible technical effects ranging from the Steve Jablonsky (Transformers) score to the blood and gore that unfolds. If you have a weak stomach, I do not recommend this film because of the realistic goriness. However, it is important to see films like this one because we get a sense of just how crazy the event was. If the effects were cheap and unbelievable, the film would be disrespectful to the true story. At times, I teared up as I thought about what a disaster this was. The movie is heavily emotional and brings us to the realization that maybe we cannot control the environment. Maybe we need to respect the laws of nature a bit more than we currently are.
The Bottom Line: This film respects the event and characters of the Deepwater Horizon spill, bringing an emotional retelling of one of the biggest disasters in U.S. history to the big screen.