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Deepwater Horizon - A Ms. H Movie Review

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  This movie review is mine alone and does not reflect the views of AllGames.

Introduction to Deepwater Horizon - A Ms. H Movie Review

Before I saw Deepwater Horizon, I thought it was a creative name for movie.  Later I found out that Deepwater Horizon is an actual name of an oil rig. However, I thought it was a neat name for the movie -- notwithstanding what happened relative to the movie.  Regarding Mark Wahlberg as the leading actor in this movie, I have to say that he is not new to water-based disaster movies.  I remember him in George Clooney's movie A Perfect Storm where I thought he provided a passable acting performance.  Did his acting skills improve in Deep Water Horizon? Read my movie review to find out that and more.

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Deepwater Horizon - Docudrama

Deepwater Horizon is based upon the real life disaster that happened involving the BP oil spill. Whenever I see docudramas, I think something may have been changed to somehow increase the drama level or to keep the viewing audience interested.  I’m not sure if this was done in this movie but whenever I read a movie is based on a true story, I have my doubts.  

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Deepwater Horizon Action

In my opinion, Deepwater Horizon had a slow start before action took place.  I do recall a backstory was given about Mark Wahlberg's character.  I also remember that I was glad this rig was not totally occupied by all men even though it is, unfortunately about a disaster movie. No worries though -- she survived. When Gina Rodriguez made her entrance in this movie, I felt like it was a plus for the movie.

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Explosions and Rescue Efforts

My memory of events are sketchy here, so no need for you to be concerned about spoilers because I don’t know many.  I do know that once the explosions happened while the men and woman were out at sea, it was a major one. I also recall the courageous efforts of the Coast Guard in performing the rescue mission.  

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Heroic Scene

I’m calling this a heroic scene because I remember there was a scene in the movie where there was a large fire behind Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez.  He was trying to coax her to jump from the burning rig to the waiting coast guard rescue vessel.  As I remember she did not have any other place to go, since behind her was a large flame of fire.  She kept saying she could not jump and Mark Wahlberg seemed to be sympathizing with her. It was almost as if he was going to give in and let her stay on the burning rig, when all of a sudden he abruptly grabbed her and they both jumped together.  She was caught unawares but in the end, this was the best option because there were no other alternatives. I label this a heroic scene because I think Mark Wahlberg made a good decision to focus on saving her rather than giving in to her fear of jumping.


Assessment of Deep Water Horizon

Unlike the Perfect Storm movie, there were survivors from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Regarding Mark Wahlberg's acting skills, they seem to have plateaued. He is not a great actor, but he acts well enough to get his points across. Even though I knew how the movie would end, I think the movie was interesting to watch.  My favorite scene in the movie remains the rescue scene between Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez, but amidst all of the explosions, etc., there was the scene of his wife, played by Kate Hudson, waiting to see the boat arrive with Mark Wahlberg safely aboard arrive.

Rating of Deep Water Horizon.

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Deepwater Horizon 3 stars.


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