There’s something about a true story being played out on the big screen that makes a film heightened in some way, as if the audience is experiencing the drama through the real-life characters and, if done properly, feel everything that they feel too.
And this Friday sees the release of another sterling example of said heightened experiences, Deepwater Horizon, based on the shocking true story of the offshore drilling rig explosion which occurred in April 2010, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich.
With the European premiere having taken place yesterday at London’s Leicester Square with director Peter Berg, star Mark Wahlberg and also Mike Williams (the electrician Wahlberg plays in the movie) in attendance, CinemaChords is here with the highlights of last night’s red carpet event.
After saying goodbye to his wife (Kate Hudson) and daughter for 21 days, Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) makes his way to work on the Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Tension builds as tell-tale signs of the rig’s problems are felt by the experienced crew, but ignored by visiting supervisor Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich). Within minutes of Vitrine’s ill-advised order to begin pumping oil, the rig explodes bringing tonnes of oil down on the crew, eventually setting the rig on fire. As real-life hero Mike attempts to get his team to safety, you can feel your pulse pounding.
DEEPWATER HORIZON COMES TO CINEMAS THIS SEPTEMBER 29