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2010: About 70 kilometres off the US coast, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform is to produce over 100 million barrels of oil from the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of the BP Group. With every day that passes before the start of the extraction work, BP makes losses. Therefore, the responsible persons are reluctant to agree to further tests, which in the eyes of the two chief technicians Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell) are absolutely necessary to guarantee the safety of the people working on the platform. Although the technicians are able to assert themselves and a test shows that the pressure on the borehole is much too high, BP orders the start of production. And suddenly what should absolutely be prevented happens: a "blowout" occurs, the consequences of which not only for the workers on the platform but also for the environment become an unimaginable catastrophe…
With "Deepwater Horizon" director Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor") delivers a stirring retelling of the dramatic events of the night of the 20th century. April 2010. At times he may be a little bit thick, but all in all the tracing of the catastrophe is extremely gripping and exciting. The platform was faithfully reproduced in detail in a huge water tank, and Berg also largely adheres to traditional facts when it comes to tracing the events. Of course, the movie also takes some liberties, for example with the very one-dimensional drawing of the characters. And in the dialogues, too little emphasis was placed on realism in favour of dripping pathos.
However, this makes the staging easily compensate for its high level of tension and intensity. What makes the film so exciting in the truest sense of the word is that it shows very well that this catastrophe, which not only claimed human lives, but also caused enormous damage to the environment, could have been avoided if decisions had not been made out of pure greed for profit and if at the right moment less obedience to the big bosses had not clouded the common sense of a responsible person. If it becomes clear that the people who died here could still be alive, as could the many marine animals and birds that have died miserably as a result of the pollution of the Gulf of Mexico, then this simply makes people angry. And that of course intensifies the effect that the film already has.
Peter Berg is not necessarily a man for the subtle tones. His films are very straight-lined works, which usually score points for their great action. And that is also the case here. Acting is the whole average mainstream commodity. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell or John Malkovich all deliver solid performances, but offer nothing you have seen of them countless times before. What ultimately makes the film so successful is the "spectacular" - if one may use this term in view of the catastrophe - retelling of the true story that shocked the whole world six years ago - and whose effects on the ecological balance of the region can still be felt today. Despite some weaknesses in the script there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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