Mark Wahlberg on set during filming of Deepwater Horizon. Photo: Lionsgate

Director Peter Berg’s film, starring Mark Wahlberg portrays the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. One of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon on 20th of April, 2010. Reuniting director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg, whose Afghanistan war movie “Lone Survivor” was a big hit in 2013, “Deepwater Horizon” puts its spotlight on Wahlberg’s character, the rig’s chief electronics technician, Mike Williams.


“You have to kind of figure out whose point of view do you want to tell the story from,” Wahlberg says. “We always thought after seeing the 60 Minutes piece that it was pretty obvious, that it should be Mike.”


The blast  that destroyed the oil rig and sent its crew running for their lives. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos. Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. At the same time, they’re dealing with pressures from some visiting corporate types, headed by a character played by John Malkovich at his most sardonic and sinister, to get the rig running properly. This section is so heavy with nearly impenetrable technical jargon you almost need subtitles to figure out exactly what is breaking down and why it matters.

Crews battle the blaze after the explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in April 2010.


The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. The oil flowed for 87 days! The PAHs were most concentrated near the Louisiana Coast, but levels also jumped 2–3 fold in areas off Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. In such cases, people living offshore or workers of the oil rig should prefer offshore quarters designed with safety and efficiency in mind! When you hear the words “Deepwater Horizon” two additional words spring immediately to mind: “environmental catastrophe.” Or maybe three: “massive oil spill.”


Deepwater Horizon ends by showing the photos of the 11 men who died in the disaster whom in reality according to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search operation were never found and are believed to have died in the explosion. Ninety-four crew were rescued by lifeboat or helicopter, 17 of whom were treated for injuries. The picture’s pyrotechnics are first rate, and the acting by the principals is more than serviceable.