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CLIPS Movie Review by Roger Tennis



RATED PG-13 (prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language)

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

DIRECTOR: Peter Berg

Mark Wahlberg - Mike Williams
Kurt Russell - Jimmy Harrell
John Malkovich - Donald Vidrine
Gina Rodriguez - Andrea Fleytas
Dylan O'Brien - Caleb Holloway
Kate Hudson - Felicia Williams

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board and change everyone’s lives forever. - Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
A tense buildup and a frenetically-paced final act combine for a fitting tribute to those who perished and the survivors of the disastrous oil rig explosion and resulting spill. This harrowing true story is vividly depicted by director Peter Berg and a stellar cast. Little time is devoted to fleshing out characters, but a few performers add some depth to their roles. Mark Wahlberg is perfectly cast as Mike Williams, a devoted family man who finds courage in the face of danger. Kurt Russell is stoic as tough crew chief Jimmy Harrell and Gina Rodriguez lends a commanding presence as bridge officer Andrea Fleytas. As BP executive Donald Vidrine, John Malkovich is convincingly menacing as he watches over the company's bottom line. While she has very few scenes, only one with stepdad Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson elicits sympathy as Mike Williams' wife Felicia. Once the fireworks begin, the astounding special effects take over with visually stunning sights and an almost ear-shattering soundtrack. Much of the camerawork is up close and personal. Watching this movie on the giant IMAX screen was an enveloping experience. At the end, there's a heartfelt display of the 11 men who lost their lives. The affect this oil spill had on the environment is not presented here, but is more well-known than the deaths that occurred during this tragic event. This is truly a film about heroism and loss. "Deepwater Horizon" deserves to stay afloat at the box office.