Movie Review: DEEPWATER HORIZON
Star Rating (out of five):****
DEEPWATER HORIZON is a biographical action-disaster film directed by Peter Berg. Berg Hollywood-izes a tragic true story, focusing on Mike Williams’ (Mark Wahlberg) quest to save lives in the midst of the biggest oil disaster in United States history.
The cast portray everyday joes that we can easily relate to. Everyday joes aren’t built for these situations, and though they survive the harsh journey, it takes its toll. The performances helped to immerse me in this endeavor. Just like in the film SULLY, you’re forced into the perspectives of these people. This is Peter Berg’s specialty; bringing you a deeply immersive experience that is so personal that you’ll leave haunted by the end. Berg did it with LONE SURVIVOR, and he does it here too. It’s a bloody and visceral journey that will screw with your emotions.
There is one flaw to this movie that slightly shook up my immersion. DEEPWATER HORIZON has an antagonist. I’m not kidding. It’s an unnecessary move that bothered me. If Berg didn’t include this character in the movie, then I would not have said “Berg Hollywood-izes a tragic true story”. Even if there was a similar situation in the actual event, the character is lamely executed here. Berg fell into a narrative trap with this guy. He just doesn’t fit in, at all.
The incredible performances of DEEPWATER HORIZON help to immerse you in this gripping tale, despite its unnecessary antagonist.
Review by Sam Silber