You know when you watch a movie about something that happened so long ago and you cannot for the life of you understand why people acted the way they did or did the things they did?
That's how I felt about Deepwater Horizon. The only difference is that I was alive and watching the news as this happened.
And for the record, I didn't think I was going to like this film. I thought, "Oh great, another Marky Mark film where he toys to be the hero and just sucks as an actor."
Bright burning oil tanker, was I freaking wrong!
I think the other mildly scary thing is when this all went down, I was living in Upstate New York. Come to find out, this whole thing happened about 60 miles away from where I live now in Tampa. It honestly all makes sense now.
So Wahlberg plays Mike Williams, who was the Chief Electronics Technician on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Mike is kind of a mass-hole, and I don't know if that's just Wahlbergs interpretation of him or if he's really the fast talking, insult-slinging kinda guy that Wahlberg seems to be.
Reminder, I'm not knocking Wahlberg here. I actually kind of like the smart ass mass-hole vibe (most days). I'm just saying, there's only so much you can act your way out of and his sarcastic attitude isn't one of the things he seems to ever be able to shake. AND THAT'S FINE. I rather enjoy it (again, most days).
Anyway, this is like Titanic: you know the boat is going to sink. But I guess the takeaway here is that you actually get to see what went down. I personally didn't realize how much damage was done. I mean, I get that the thing exploded and a bunch of guys were killed and I feel bad about that. But reports didn't go that far into detail and there's really only so much you can learn from someone else's reporting duties.
I loved whoever did the graphics for this film. It looked so realistic, I was looking up which scenes were shot with a chroma and which scenes were completely computer generated.
You become connected while watching this movie. You want Wahlberg to save the girl. You want Kurt Russell's character to see/survive. You want these guys to live.
The things I didn't like was that it was a bit overly dramatic at times. Yes, I realize that it's a real story and people died. But some of the acting is overdramatic at times when it doesn't really need to be. The point is made without their overacting. The other thing I didn't like is the editing seems a bit off. Not off so much but the timing is almost foreign to me. I don't quite get it.
Also, yanno, I know the boat sinks.