Deepwater Horizon

Jackie Raphael

This film from director Peter Berg boasts an impressive cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez and Dylan O'Brien. Deepwater Horizon is based on the true events of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This tragic story is told well through the perspective of the people working on the offshore drilling rig. The film is filled with action, which looks fantastic, but also simplifies the technical aspects of the story so it is understandable for all audiences. While there is one scene that acknowledges the impact the oil spill had on the animals in the area, it would have been good to explore this more in-depth and create a stronger message about environmental issues that resulted from the spill. The film ends with a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragedy and leaves audiences with plenty to think about.