Deepwater Horizon (2016) Monday, 13 July 2020

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    This is not a drill.

  • Starring:

    Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland

  • Directed by:

    Peter Berg

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are crushed, pinned, thrown through the air/against objects, covered in mud, banged against railings, hit by projectiles/flying glass, burned, scalded, covered in debris, knocked unconscious, slammed against a wall. A man bangs his head against a glass mirror. People jump/are thrown from high ledges. Explosions, fireballs, burning water/objects. Damage, debris, broken/smashed glass. Birds fly into a helicopter/a boat. Yelling, screaming, arguing, mass panic. Indictment for manslaughter mentioned. Blood/gore: Broken leg (protruding bone), broken glass protruding from skin. A falling body hits a metal air vent (fatal). People are covered in blood, scratches, cuts. Swollen eye, bruising, bandages, crutches. A long shard of glass is removed from skin. Dead/oil-covered bird. Roll call of deceased.


    Couple in underwear (sex implied). Kissing. Shirtless man, man in shower (no nudity seen). A man says his cat used to try and mount his dog.


    Alcohol (beer). A man is asked if he is on medication. Receiving/drinking a bottle of wine mentioned.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, p*ssed. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (so help you God, oh my God, goddamit, Jesus).


    Deepwater Horizon, oil drilling, rigs, disaster, oil spills, mud displacement, pressure levels, scandal, safety, corporate greed, environmental catastrophe, testing, awards, rescue, chaos.


    Ocean/underwater setting. Fishing photo (catfish). Helicopters. Taxidermy animals seen in background. Strobing lights. Based on true events. Based on Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times.


    Rugged, realistic, action-packed, vivid, fast-paced, spectacular, harrowing, courageous, angry, effective, brave, unsentimental, gruelling, no-nonsense, thrilling, white-knuckle, stunning, human, plausible, visceral, solid, tense, unsettling, impressive. Excellent/fantastic/relatable performances, seamless special effects, terse/tense/technically complex/cleverly incoherent dialogue, disorienting/smart editing, hyper-real sound design, a worthy tribute to the people involved.


    Thin characterisation, treacly/clumsy song over end credits, doesn't address the environmental impact of the tragedy.

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