Deepwater Horizon
2016
***½
Director: Peter Berg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland

Peter Berg’s tense drama depicts the events of April 20th, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico when an explosion and fire on Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible oil rig, caused the largest oil spill in history. Mike Williams is an electronics technician, husband, and father who starts his three-week shift on the platform just when things come to a head. This captivating disaster movie is based mostly on fact, although the script cannot resist setting up a traditional clash between the moneygrubbing corporate thugs and the honest hardworking bluecollar workers. Based on Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul.