Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) is just your everyday, average guy, living happily with his wife Felicia (Kate Hudson) and his daughter Sydney (Stella Allen). He works on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and this means he's got to travel out there for a few weeks to work, like always. Teaming up with his usual crew, Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell), Caleb Holloway (Dylan O'Brien) and Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriquez), everything should be going fine... Except everything that could go wrong does go wrong, and it isn't helping when BP employee Vadrine (John Malkovich) is insisting that they go forwards with their operations, wishing not to spend more money than they already have. So, they do. Everything goes ahead, and what follows is an intense, tear jerking tale of heroism.
It's a character driven disaster movie, and everyone in this film felt like they had history. None of the character relationships, especially that between Wahlberg and Hudson, felt artificial, and it helped not only to make for an interesting dynamic, but also created authenticity. It felt like a grounded piece of cinema, and it gave the sense that these guys knew what they were talking about. Not going to lie, I didn't know what they were discussing half the time, but they sounded extremely confident, so I sure as hell believed them.
I am a big Mark Wahlberg fan, and while I don't necessarily know whereabouts I would rank his Deepwater Horizon performance in his filmography just yet, it's certainly going to be pretty high. He's excellent, giving a performance that's deep, confident and emotional, and he achieved everything he was going for and more. In fact, the whole cast did, including the likes of Kurt Russell, who spends half of this film severely injured, and yet that elevated his performance to a whole other level. Gina Rodriquez and Dylan O'Brien also do admirable jobs in their roles, both giving a solid performance. And then there's John Malkovich, who plays a slime bag of a human being, and boy is he good at playing him.
To sum up, Deepwater Horizon is a slow burner, but this slow pace is incredibly rewarding, as everything that follows the buildup is just pure cinematic bliss. It's a tear jerking, exciting and tension filled tale of heroism and survival, and everyone involved with this film is on the top of their game. You will cry. You should probably just accept that as fact.