Wahlberg plays oil platform engineer Mike Williams who survives the blast. The biographical film is told largely through his eyes.
The ensemble cast includes Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson.
Obviously, BP comes off as the villain.
It owned the rig and had overall control of its operation although other companies were involved in running and maintaining the floating platform.
As such, the movie didn’t go over too well with the multi-national corporation.
The company called the film, billed as a “biographical disaster-thriller,” an inaccurate Hollywood dramatization.
“The Deepwater Horizon movie is Hollywood’s take on a tragic and complex accident,” BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement today (Sept. 30).
“It is not an accurate portrayal of the events that led to the accident, our people, or the character of our company,” he added.
Deepwater Horizon, the name of the platform, was anchored in the Gulf of Mexico and was pumping oil from a well on the ocean floor when a fire led to a tremendous explosion.
Workers were unable to cap the well while the platform blazed and ultimately sank. As a result, millions of gallons of oil poured into the water. It took three months before the gusher could be contained.
In all, 4.9 million barrels (210 million gallons) spilled into the gulf, according to U.S. government estimates. BP was forced to pay more than $55 billion in clean-up costs, fines and restitution to fishermen and others who were hurt by the spill.
Still, the company maintains it was not at fault, at least not totally.
“[The film] ignores the conclusions reached by every official investigation: that the accident was the result of multiple errors made by a number of companies,” it said.
At the time, Deepwater Horizon was operated by a company called Transocean and maintained by U.S. conglomerate Halliburton. Both shared in the fault.
The film picks up in the hours leading up to the blast on Apr. 20, 2010. Eleven workers were incinerated and their remains have never been found. Williams survived by diving off the 11-story rig.
The picture screened at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and has won rave reviews from critics. It has an 80-percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
“Deepwater Horizon achieves that impossible balance of being a tribute to the workers who both perished and survived that day and a searing critique of the rotten system that put them there in the first place,” wrote Lindsay Bahr for The Associated Press.
The movie opens in theaters today (Sept. 30)
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