[Movie Review] Deepwater Horizon; Horror in the Middle of the Sea

On April 20, 2010, about 45 miles off the coast of Louisiana, there was an explosion on a drilling rig called Deepwater Horizon. The disaster resulted in a massive environmental disaster (the largest in the history of environmental disasters in the US) and became a worldwide scandal . With so many films based on true stories, it’s no wonder that this story was finally brought to the big screen.

Deepwater Horizon marks the second collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg after the hit war film – also based on a true story – that hit the market, Lone Survivor. This time Wahlberg was ‘accompanied’ by Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and several other supporting actors.

The story is told nicely. Like films from true stories with known endings – for example “Titanic” and “Apollo 13” –, this film is not about surviving or not, but about the processes and decisions made by the characters that led to the disaster and its consequences. their way to survive.

Actually, this film is more in story development than actual disaster events, where the disaster scene seems to only last a few minutes and feels like it’s only for a moment. Dialogue is written not only for dramatization but also as a guide or explanation. Although most of the terms used are alien languages ​​for those who don’t understand mechanical engineering terms at all (the Indonesian subtitles don’t help at all), but if you pay close attention you can at least understand the general picture.

But like other disaster films, the audience must be waiting for the disaster to happen and this becomes a guilty pleasure in itself. The special effects applied by director Peter Berg are extraordinary and manage to provide a tense sensation, and it seems that the CGI is used so minimally that it looks so real. The scene of the disaster is similar to the one in “Man of Steel” so I often think there will be a Superman save ( not funny brain, not funny) .

Although this film does not cover the aftermath of this incident, this film does not rule out the existence of someone to blame, which is addressed to the BP executive who ordered the drilling process to continue. Regardless of the consequences and it is clear that mistakes have occurred, sadly, according to existing knowledge and experience, what is done in business is natural. 43 days behind schedule and already spending 50 million USD, it’s only natural that the executive pushed to continue drilling, regardless of the mistakes that might be caused.

With a fairly fast duration (107 minutes) compared to most Hollywood films, Deepwater Horizon provides a tense spectacle and manages to build a story before finally getting into the real event. Although actually, I still wish the time for the scene was longer and the events after the event were discussed further.