Movie: Deepwater Horizon
My Rating: 2 stars
I didn’t hate this movie as much as my rating might suggest. It’s a very dramatic film with all the usual symbolism, foreshadowing, and heavily telegraphed plot points. And, it does get the heart racing a good bit. But, it’s not a good movie. In fact, this is probably one of the most ham-fisted pandering jobs I’ve seen in a while. The movie is about a real-life disaster—the explosion of an offshore oil drilling rig (the Deepwater Horizon), and subsequent oil spill. The movie touches a little bit on the causes of the disaster, but mostly focuses on a few of the heroes that helped rescue workers and evacuate the rig. And naturally, Mark Wahlberg stars as hero number one, and Kurt Russell is hero number two. People love those guys.
One thing that the movie makes a point of emphasizing is that this disaster was definitely, 100% the fault of the greedy corporate guys who care more about bathing in a swimming pool full of gold coins than about safety or compliance with the rules. And, the movie is probably completely right about that. But, it’s pretty comical the way the script keeps hammering it so gracelessly. John Malkovich plays the big, bad guy in charge, and his character might as well have been cackling like a Bond villain and stroking a Persian cat. But, I suppose the movie was never trying to be subtle. It was designed to congratulate the honest, hard-working, blue-collar workers who keep the economy running. And, boy does it ever accomplish that!
I’m not going to recommend this movie. It was fine. I didn’t mind watching it. But, if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the whole movie. You get exactly what you see. So, watching the action unfold at the pace of the movie makes it feel like the story drags on and on. Of course, if you catch this movie on a lazy afternoon at home, or during a long plane flight, it’ll probably keep you adequately amused. But, there’s no need to seek this one out.