|DEEPWATER HORIZON (director: Peter Berg; screenwriters: Matthew Michael Carnahan/ Matthew Sand/Matthew Sand/screen story Michael Sand/ based on an article by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul published in the New York Times; cinematographer: Enrique Chediak; editors: Gabriel Fleming, Colby Parker Jr.; music: Steve Jablonsky; cast: Mark Wahlberg (Mike Williams), Kurt Russell (Jimmy Harrell), Douglas M. Griffin (Landry), James DuMont (O'Bryan), Joe Chrest (Sims), Gina Rodriguez (Andrea Fleytas), Brad Leland (Kaluza), John Malkovich (Vidrine), Dave Maldonado (Kuchta ), JD Evermore (Dewey A. Revette ), Ethan Suplee (Jason Anderson), Jason Pine (Stephen Ray Curtis), Jason Kirkpatrick (Aaron Dale Burkeen), Kate Hudson (Felicia), Stella Allen (Sydney), Dylan O'Brien (Caleb Holloway); Runtime: 107; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Stephen Levinson, David Womark; Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment; 2016)|
|"Superior no-nonsense disaster
film on the true story of the worst ecological
incident in American history."
by Dennis Schwartz
Berg's first-rate film is intelligent, compassionate, realistic and technically sound. This film should set the gold standard for big budget disaster films. The budgeted $156 million action film gets its money worth on how well it looked on screen during the meltdown.
It's based on an article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in the New York Times. The writers Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand wisely keep it serious, while also avoiding the usual soap opera subplots which bring down most disaster films.
REVIEWED ON 9/30/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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