A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

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Peter Berg

Writers:

Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay by), Matthew Sand (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Mike Williams
Kurt Russell ... Jimmy Harrell
Douglas M. Griffin ... Landry
James DuMont ... O'Bryan
Joe Chrest ... Sims
Gina Rodriguez ... Andrea Fleytas
Brad Leland ... Kaluza
John Malkovich ... Vidrine
David Maldonado ... Kuchta (as Dave Maldonado)
J.D. Evermore ... Dewey A. Revette (as JD Evermore)
Ethan Suplee ... Jason Anderson
Jason Pine Jason Pine ... Stephen Ray Curtis
Jason Kirkpatrick Jason Kirkpatrick ... Aaron Dale Burkeen
Robert Walker Branchaud ... Doug Brown
Dylan O'Brien ... Caleb Holloway
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Storyline

In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project's long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers' fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig's various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic See more »


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Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images | See all certifications »

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J.C. Chandor was attached to direct, but dropped out citing creative differences. See more »

Goofs

Survival courses attended by oil rig staff every so often teach a special technique for jumping into the water. The life jacket should not be worn, but held in hand. This is to stabilize the body during the fall and to avoid being decapitated upon entering the water at great speed. The life jacket floats near the point of impact, and the jumper will normally emerge close enough to it to don it inside the water. See more »

Quotes

Sydney: My dad is Mike. He works on a drilling rig that pumps oil out from underneath the ocean.
Mike Williams: No, no, the Deepwater doesn't pump a drop of oil, okay, baby? We're the explorers.
Sydney: So my dad and his friends find the oil. And then put in all the plumbing so other lamer crews can come in...
Felicia: Don't say "lamer".
Mike Williams: [whispering] They are lamer.
[louder]
Mike Williams: Okay, but listen, even those lamer dudes, they don't have to pump anything, remember? Because that oil wants to come rushing up naturally...
Sydney: No, no, no, shh!
Mike Williams: All right, ...
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Crazy Credits

During the opening logos and first few opening credits, you can hear a real life audio clip from the trial that ensued following the disaster. See more »


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For the Love of Money
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff and Anthony Jackson
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Must be seen in the theatres! (IMAX if possible)
29 September 2016 | by audiodave_82See all my reviews

I usually don't write reviews but saw mostly negative reviews on here so far and that ain't right.

It is not a perfect movie and it's not artsy, or profound. However it is very entertaining, has wide appeal, will make you laugh, have you on the edge of your seat and might even make you cry. It's a slow build at the beginning but the tension soon rises and you will then be hooked. The effects appear to be realistic and mostly practical made with a production value that appears to be one of the most expensive films ever made (which alone is impressive given it is not a sequel or superhero movie).

Mark Wahlberg works as an everyman lead, but it is Kurt Russel who steals the show. Maybe the performance of his career, and the strongest aspect of the film in my opinion. Malkovich is also amazing as the villain, stealing every scene he is in. The two of them along with the incredible story done with top notch sets, effects and sound is exactly why you have to pay the money to see this on the biggest screen possible.

If you need a film to be a character study or you want senseless action from start to finish then you might be one of the people who is disappointed. But if you are looking for a gripping story with great tension and action that can be enjoyed by a wide range then go see this film.


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Country:

USA | Hong Kong | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deepwater Horizon See more »

Filming Locations:

Chalmette, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,223,544, 2 October 2016

Gross USA:

$61,433,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,790,373
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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Dolby Digital (2.0 Night Listening)| IMAX 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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