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Deepwater Horizon 
Experience the Disaster
4/4 stars

'Deepwater Horizon' is the second collaboration between writer/director Peter Berg and star Wahlberg - the first being the similar true story based film 'Lone Survivor'. As with their previous effort, 'Horizon' utilizes an array of talents across the board to recreate some harrowing moments in visceral fashion. It seems the creative team have somehow upped their game this time, as 'Horizon' is damn near perfect in execution. We are taken along through the events leading up to this disaster for the first half of the film. Every crucial detail we need to know concerning how this oil rig operates and the many factors that lead to it's destruction are easily explained through visual means and natural sounding conversation. We see everything from the eye level of the workers, giving us a grounded close relationship to them without the use of extra-added character building scenes or clunky exposition dialogue. While we are gaining important knowledge, the film is slowly building a great sense of dread for what is about come. The action literally explodes in shocking manner. The disaster at hand is shown in horrific realistic portrayal. Mounting tension continues to climb, as one deadly event causes another to aspire, and so on. It's not until the survivors are off the rig that we are given a chance to breathe. Berg does an excellent job of building and sustaining tension by keeping us in the middle of the action from the survivor's point of view at all times. Fluid camera-work, editing, and immaculate sound design aid greatly in conveying authentic fear in such a deathly situation. The patriotic heroism one would expect from a film such as this is severely downplayed to the point where it almost feels like an afterthought. We feel the heavy emotional weight of this disastrous experience long after the credits roll. 'Deepwater Horizon' is a thrilling experience in great consequence and loss. A masterclass in action filmmaking! Easily one of the best films of the year!


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