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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

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A dramatization of the disaster back in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon created a giant explosion, which created the worst oil spill in American history.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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"Deep Water Horizon" is an abstract animated short that did the festival circuit immediately following the BP Oil Spill of 2010. The entire piece is sourced from and representative of the ... See full summary »

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Storyline

In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project's long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers' fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig's various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images | See all certifications »

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30 September 2016 (USA)  »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,223,544 (USA) (9 October 2016)

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$61,284,947 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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Trivia

Trace Adkins: as the large, angry man looking for his son. Prior to becoming a professional singer, Adkins was an oilfield worker for Global Marine/Transocean. See more »

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When sitting in the Sikorsky S92 there were regular conversations, this is due to the engine and rotor blade noise in reality hardly possible. Passengers were not wearing any hearing protection only when they exited the S92 on the helideck of the Deepwater Horizon. Also during passenger entering and exiting of the S92 on the Deepwater Horizon both parties were on the helideck. In reality this would never happen. It's very dangerous on a helideck when the helicopter is still running it's engines and rotor blades turning. Therefore it's procedure first to exit the passengers and then have the other passengers to enter the helicopter. Also It's hardly possible to speak under a helicopter with running engines and rotor blades. See more »

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Andrea Fleytas: I don't want to die! I don't want to die.
Mike Williams: You're not going to die. Trust me.
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During the opening logos and first few opening credits, you can hear a real life audio clip from the trial that ensued following the disaster. See more »

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Featured in Beyond the Horizon (2017) See more »

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FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff, and Anthony Jackson
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NO plot and highly misleading
30 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

VERY impressive: NO plot and highly misleading. Promulgates the idea that oil comes from dead dinosaurs and gives the impression that it was just 2 low-level BP guys on the rig that made the decision to cut costs by skipping a cement test and failing to keep routine maintenance top notch. No clear indictment of BP's criminal company culture of safety negligence for the benefit of stock dividends and executive remuneration, as established by Lord John Browne and continued by Tony Hayward.

Much urgent and heroic pushing of buttons and switches and discussing gizmos with no explanation of what is going on or how this drilling target was geologically any different from all the other offshore locations on Earth (Macondo being unlike most other drilling targets because of extremely high fluid pressure in the formation, just below the fracture threshold of the rock layers holding the oil in). So from this movie, we get the news ALL oil drilling is SUPER dangerous. The usual Hollywood negligence to script-writing. Might be meaningful to rig workers, except I have the suspicion that anyone knowledgeable would smell plenty of foni- baloni cooking.

And then the solemn photo-tribute to the 11 guys killed as the credits roll. Fine, but were they brave as they died one-by-one fighting to control the well, as the script implies? I understand that all 11 were instantly killed in the initial blast. Of course, 99.99% of the viewers will of have no idea that the Alexander Kjelland (1980) and Piper Alpha (1988) rig disasters each killed an order of magnitude more.

And the only environmental representative in the movie is one bird (who, nevertheless, gave an Oscar-worthy performance).


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