I’m not a hermit. (Or a hermit crab…that I know of…maybe this is the greatest hermit crab dream ever…) I’m not locked away in a (man) cave somewhere watching cartoons all day with Tom Kelly while waiting to watch cartoons with Ryan Garcia. I do go out in the world and do not scream in pain like Gizmo when exposed to that giant ball of flame in the sky. While I’m not big on gossip, I am usually up to date on the latest entertainment/geek news.
But what I’m not up to date on are current events. I don’t watch the news. I don’t often read the news. I have gotten better in recent years as real world stories get injected into my Twitter feed and I can’t help but see them. That said, a lot still happens in the world that I am completely oblivious to. One of those things is the tragedy on the Deepwater Horizon.
In short, and I don’t think I have to worry too much about spoilers here, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon took the lives of eleven crewman and eventually sank the rig.
This past weekend, a film was released that mostly documents that one lone day and the events surrounding the disaster. Directed by Peter Berg the film features a very recognizable cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.
I haven’t seen Sully, but I have seen complaints that the story surrounding the actual events was so short that it was hard to pad it up to its short 96 minute run time. I was afraid we may see a similar affect here, but the films 107 minute run time is well paced and intense.
I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t take the opportunity to make this an over the top action adventure survival film. This is not The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure with dramatic character arcs and people making unbelievable leaps of faith or swimming underwater for longer than should be humanly possible. This was a group of men and women, doing everything than could to help each other survive.
Another road they mostly managed to avoid was making the film overly gruesome. There are a lot of explosions and people getting killed or injured pretty badly, but I think I saw more graphic violence watching the first episode of Luke Cage last night.
You will have to look elsewhere for information on how what happens in the film compares to real life events. As I lead off with, I was not familiar with the story until I saw the movie. But the movie is incredibly intense, dramatic and well made and directed. No one will be up for any Oscars for acting, but it is solid across the board.
The movie seems very respectful of the crew and families of the Deepwater Horizon, though it will do nothing for the reputation of BP. That said, neither crowd seems happy about their depiction as the Deepwater Horizon survivors are attempting to make their own documentary and not surprisingly, BP has deemed the film inaccurate.
That’s a discussion for another day. In simpler terms of entertainment, Deepwater Horizon is a gripping, emotional roller coaster that will likely not get its due or long term notoriety. It is definitely worth your time to go see. I give it 8.5 out of 10 exploding Coke cans.