About Deepwater Horizon

A couple of months ago, I saw Deepwater Horizon @Kinepolis Leuven with my boyfriend. Even though it was the Belgian premiere, there were only 10 people in the room. So unfortunate because it’s a breathtaking film. Therefore, I am dedicating my second post to this movie. Here are the reasons why you should definitely watch Deepwater Horizon.

Based on true events

Deepwater Horizon is the name of an offshore drilling rig. In April 2010, this ultra-deepwater rig sank near the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion. 11 crewmen were killed that day. The fire could not be extinguished and thus the rig kept burning for days. This was the largest oil spill in U.S. waters. The most shocking aspect is that the ship exploded because of a mistake (willingly) made by a company. Don’t worry, I won’t give away any details!

The amazing cast

  • Mark Wahlberg (soon to be seen in Patriots Day)
  • Dylan O’Brien (from The Mazerunner)
  • Kurt Russell
  • John Malkovich (part of the bad company)
  • Kate Hudson
  • AND Gina Rodriguez (known from Jane the Virgin)

Let me telI you a bit more about Gina Rodriguez. I enjoyed watching her in this film. The actress plays crew member Andrea Fleytas, who survived the explosion. She was one of the only females on the oil rig in April 2010. I’m used to seeing Rodriguez in the TV show Jane the Virgin, a happy girly comedy show. In Deepwater Horizon she played a totally different role, but she owned it. Gina Rodriquez was also the first to win The CW its first ever Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series. Remember her name because you’ll definitely hear more from her.

To honor the crewmen and their families

Like Gina said in an interview on Good Morning America:“… this film is about the human lives that we lost. It’s about celebrating them and paying a tribute to them because during the oil spill, we were very familiar with the environmental crisis. We were very familiar with those images of the oils in the water and the animals covered, but we never talked about the lives that were lost, the 11 lives that were lost”. I can tell you that I cried during the entire movie.

This incredible movie is now on DVD and On Demand (on Telenet for example). No more excuses now!

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