The last time the actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg crossed paths it was for the damn good 2013 film, Lone Survivor. Based on a true story of American soldiers fighting against the odds, actually turned out to be a gripping and intense piece of cinema. Cut to 2016, and these two have not just one film coming out together, but two! Patriots Day, based on the true events of the Boston Marathon bombing, and this film, Deepwater Horizon, based on the true story of one of the worst man made natural disasters in history with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that lasted 87 days.
Cleary these two boys like working together, and clearly like telling true stories of American…bravery? Heroics? Patriotism? Yeah, I think it’s mostly that last one. Now I really liked Love Survivor, and I haven’t seen Patriots Day yet, but this film thumped the Merica drum hard. So much so that it almost felt like they tried to avoid the huge damage this disaster caused to the environment and livelihoods of the people living off the water and coastline of the Gulf of Mexico and instead focused solely on the heroic events of the men and women involved.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually really liked this film. In fact it was damn good. But the Merica moments of flag shots and the overall dramatised heroic behaviour, which let’s be fair, was just people trying to survive more than it was heroic most of the time, felt a little lax to me. I would even say it took away from the film. If they had of focused more on just the events, and the impact afterwards, this would have been a much better and more complete doco drama about a crazy man-made natural disaster.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!