The Movie, “Deepwater Horizon” is a Political/Cinematic Winner for 2016!
It deserves the Oscar for Best Film and Best Actor, Mark Wahlberg!
One of the many films that I did not receive this year to nominate for the Oscars was “Deepwater Horizon”. Nevertheless, I got to see it on Amazon.
It’s an outstanding film about a very tragic event in which the arrogant, greedy BP manager [British Petroleum], Donald Vidrine, played by John Malkovich insists that the Transocean rig supervisor, James “Jimmy” Harrell [Kurt Russell], start drilling for oil at a most importune time. Engineer Michael “Mike” Williams [Mark Wahlberg] is reluctant to follow through on Vidrine’s orders because a subcontractor, Schlumberger, did not pour the concrete foundation needed to stabilize this oil rig, located 43 miles off the shores of Louisiana.
This film is very carefully crafted [Matthew Carnahan, Matthew Sand] following the series of actual mishaps that were revealed at US Coast Guard hearings related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill [and Macondo blowout] on April 20, 2010.
Eleven men died needlessly because the BP managers insisted on drilling for oil despite strong evidence it would be very dangerous if they would proceed. Over 210M gals of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico completely destroying the ecological system for thousands of miles.
I have always been a fan of the three major actors in this film: Mark Wahlberg [also Producer], Kurt Russell and John Malkovich.These three actors, under the excellent direction of Peter Berg [Lone Survivor, The Kingdom], provide an eerie dramatization of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters of the 21st century.
From the very beginning of the film, I was completely captivated by the fast-paced action which culminated in a major human tragedy. Yet, none of these culprits: BP, Schlumberger, Transocean were held accountable for the murder of the eleven men on the oil drill nor the horrific environmental damage that they created.
After watching the film, I suddenly realized that it was highly controversial at a time when trans-national corporations of any type dominate the world financial markets. Now, I know that oil companies like BP, Aramco, Shell, Citgo, Exxon will stop at nothing to make certain that they can extract the maximum profit from their particular oil well; be it on water or on land.
“Deepwater Horizon” specifically illustrates the point that committing murder on a very calculated basis is par for the course for these oil companies or their subsidiaries.Hollywood has no problem making films that highlight injustice occurring anywhere around the world. Usually, they are pretty good at it. However, in the case of this film, “Deepwater Horizon”, I have this gnawing feeling that Hollywood shied away from highlighting the underlying message how man can/will kill man as well as poison his own environment for a few lousy bucks.
The great British poet, A.E. Housman wrote the following:
“I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.”