Deepwater Horizon
First screened in February 2017
Director: Peter Berg. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Jonathan Angel, Robert Walker Branchaud, Joe Chrest, James DuMont, J.D. Evermore, Henry Frost, Douglas M. Griffin, Michael Howell, Jason Kirkpatrick, Garrett Kruithof, Brad Leland, David Maldonado, Bill McMullen, Terry Milam, Dylan O'Brien, Jason Pine, Jeremy Sande, Juston Street, Ethan Suplee, Deneen Tyler, Ronald Weaver. Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand (based on the article "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours" by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul).

Twitter Capsule: Helpful postscript informs us how, beyond setting a rig ablaze, the BP disaster wasn't great for the environment.

VOR:   Not without merit as an action film (though not without flaws, either). But global-eco-political crisis as a get-daddy-home suspenser? Boo.

Photo © 2016 Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment/
Participant Media

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Sound Editing: Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
Best Visual Effects: Craig Hammack, Jason H. Snell, Jason Billington, and Burt Dalton

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Spotlight Award (Berg and Wahlberg)

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