Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon

DVD - 2017
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For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day's end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. It reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby Digital
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Call Number: DVD DEE


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This title was a Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2017.

coloradobuck Jan 31, 2017

This film did not disappoint. I wonder how close to the truth it actually is. Worth watching!

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Feb 13, 2019

As disaster movies goes, this is a darn good yarn. The acting is first rate, and the technical effects are excellent and not overdone. Anyone who has not been around a drilling rig doesn't know just how difficult and dangerous working on one can be. They're not called "roughnecks" for no reason. They've got to be tough to do that job.

Jan 10, 2019

I liked the movie as it reveals what happens when greed and money is most important to the executives compared to safety which is most important to the head of the workers. In this movie it was clearly shown. The movie also displayed how one of the heads was using the threat of a workers job over their heads. As if this executive could have the person terminated by reporting the worker. The executive was manipulating the person with the threat of termination. This does happen a lot in the real world of business. It had happened in the pass with the ship The Titanic. Just like the story of the Titanic the oil rig was a disaster. By the main motivation and driving force of being greed the end result was way higher expense and complete collapse. I find the most significant point of the movie was when the executive of BP corrected Jim and said the company was worth 106 billion dollars because of how thrifty they are. Because of being too stingy and trying to force something to go faster than it was possible the cost of that one oil rig was about $62 billion for BP. More than half the value of the company.

Nov 28, 2018

For the first 50.52 minutes, there were only joking and talking, sometimes serious sometimes not. For 98% dare I say, of the viewers who never worked or even come close to a drill rig, will not be able to understand what is going on. Then comes the action part. The director is actually not bad at this department. Unfortunately most of the scenes here are similar to other disaster movies. The big problem here is the story line is too thin. Since it is based on true events, there is not much the screenwriter can do about it. Had it been made into a documentary, maybe viewers would have different expectations. Sorry for such brilliant casts.

Sep 16, 2018

I thought this movie was solid. The cast is great. But I thought the first part of the movie was kind of a snooze fest. After the pressure blows then it gets more exciting. Overall a decent flick.

Jun 05, 2018

I was hasitant to get this movie I thought it would be bad but it wasn't I really enjoyed it.

Apr 06, 2018

I hesitated borrowing the movie due to the way Hollywood hides the facts or misleads the people. The movie plays relatively down the center keeping the people working on the rig in mind. It's about the working people who lived and died during the rig explosion(s). There are lots of extras included on the DVD.

Jan 19, 2018

Having worked for over 25 years in the oil industry, I found this movie of particular interest. 5 of those years was for BP. I though BP's culture was accurately reflected in the movie unlike other oil companies I worked for, BP was about money over all else. I thought there was some miscasting for some of the rolls, but then again it's Hollywood where the A list folks get the rolls. Having experienced some fires and explosions, I thought the pyrotechnics were a bit overdone...but then again, I wasn't there.

Dec 26, 2017

A spectacularly shot true story of an oil rig disaster. I found it to be more interesting and not as stereotypical as disaster flicks like this could be. The emotional toll that we see that the disaster takes on the characters, during and after, give a real humanity to what happened.

Dec 04, 2017

Exceptionally poor dialogue audio. I had to run subtitles to understand wtf was being said. No excuse for that.

Jul 19, 2017

I wasn't certain what to expect, but we found this to be a very interesting and entertaining movie based on actual events. Excellent choice of actors and an interesting weave of well-developed character plots.

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Mar 05, 2017

Film based on New York Times' article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours, written by David Barstow, David S. Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, and published on December 25, 2010:


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Sep 16, 2018

Other: disaster sequences and disturbing images


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Sep 16, 2018

Jimmy Harrell: The pressure test costs about what, a hundred and fifteen thousand? BP is a thirty three billion dollar company, and you say you can't afford...

Vidrine: That is why we are a thirty SIX billion dollar company, because we worry about all those bills.

Jimmy Harrell: I worry about my rig! My people live on it. You just rent it!


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