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2016, Drama - No Category

Deepwater Horizon

Released 2016 Rating 12A in UK
Director Peter Berg Writer/s Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson
Source of story Real events and a newspaper article by David Rohde and Stephanie Saul
Elevator Pitch When the new crew join the oil rig Deepwater Horizon they find that the guys who were to carry out the Cement Bond Log, which would have validated the security of the well, have left on the same helicopter. From there, as the BP reps try to take charge, things go downhill, resulting in a blowout, with explosions and fire. There are heroics as the crew attempt to evacuate, and the lives of 11 men are lost.
Content Some discussions in a variety of work spaces on the rig, between the main players (in the film) Much confusion as people try to evacuate and carry out some emergency activities as explosions take place, fire rages, and debris is hurled into the air to rain down on them.
A View Curiously I spent 20 years dealing with oil rig safety and wrote many emergency response manuals, and I also know about this disaster ( see my website at www.shipsandoil.co.uk) It was odd to see words spoken and actions taken by people other than those who actually did speak and act, and there were many more explosion in the film than actually took place. Wasn’t two enough? I thought. In the end the calling out of the names of those who were lost was respectfully done.

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