Deepwater Horizon (2016)

deepDirector: Peter Berg

Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand (Screenplay) David Rohde, Stephanie Saul (Article)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M Griffin, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien

 

Plot: A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Explosively Entertaining Second Half.

 

Story: Deepwater Horizon starts with Mike Williams having to report what happened on the day in question on the Deepwater Horizon. We move back to the day of the events with Mike (Wahlberg) joining the team Jimmy Harrell (Russell), Andrea Fleytas (Rodriguez) joining a BP representative Vidrine (Malkovich) on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

Clashing on the rig Jimmy challenges Vidrine to invest money on maintaining the rig after the team was sent back early before they will start working. Being named the safest rig for the 7th straight year there is a go ahead to start preparation to commence drilling despite mixed results from the tests.

Finding themselves in the middle of a major blow out it becomes a race against time to prevent disaster and survive what will be one of the most devastating oil rig disasters known to man. It is up to Mike, Jimmy, Andrea and young driller Caleb (O’Brien) to stop things getting out of hand.

 

Thoughts on Deepwater Horizon

 

StoryThis is the story of what happened on the rig that caused the biggest disaster in oil drilling history. I will be honest that this starts slow with a good 40 minutes of talking in oil rig language mixed with business, you know the stuff we don’t care too much about, but once this all kicks off it becomes as chaotic as you would imagine it would be. When you look at how this story I can’t help but wonder how a man with Jimmy’s reputation would let anyone interfere with the operations on his rig which is made to look like the reason this is happened.

Action/ThrillerWhen the action starts well it never stops and you are on the edge of your seat from that moment until the final credits.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are all based on the real men and women involved in the disaster so it is hard to question the characters involved. The performances are all fantastic be it as the last man off the rig in Wahlberg, the strong boss in Russell or the businessman that causes the problems in Malkovich.

SettingsThe setting is nearly all on the oil rig which once the incident happens we get to experience the chaos of the disaster first hand seeing just how life-threatening the situation is.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the special effects it is only wow to describe them because they all look amazing making you feel like you are on this rig.

Final ThoughtsThe slow start does almost feel like filler but is important character filler before we want to see them all survive this disaster.

 

Overall: This was surprisingly one of the most intense films of the year.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 6 Moaning Lisa

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Season 1

Episode 6 Moaning Lisa

Couch Gag – This time Maggie pops out only to be caught by Marge.

Plot SynopsisA depressed Lisa’s spirit is lifted when she meets a jazz-man, Bleeding Gums Murphy.

What is going on reallyWe start with a sad Lisa staring into the mirror as Homer is frantically searching for his keys. Lisa is missing her purpose in life not enjoying family life, not enjoying music class and not being able to expressing herself through the music she loves.

When the school sends a note home Homer and Marge need to tackle the depression Lisa is feeling as she is struggling to find her place in the Earth when he sees the suffering in the world.

This episode also tackles the idea a baby would love TV over her brother or sister. On the main story we get to see how difficult the parenting side of depression really is.

When Lisa hears another saxophonist in Springfield she is drawn to the music being played by Bleeding Gums Murphy. Lisa gets to jam with Murphy who gives her a chance to express herself through music just what she always wanted.

We get our second prank phone call that Lisa normally loves but isn’t happy with, this episode does have a secondary story with Homer wanting to improve on his fighting ability on a boxing video game so he can beat Bart.

In the final moments the family come together to help Lisa enjoy the music she loves will be the most can help her deal with her problems.

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Final ThoughtsI feel this is one of the best episodes so far because it shows how at times you can just become tired with life for no reason and struggle for a couple of days with the people around you also struggle to help you. This is a story that is years before its time and could easily be one of the most important episode in television ever made.

Rating 5/5