Sandy Kenyon reviews 'Deepwater Horizon'

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The images are unforgettable.

When a B.P. oil rig exploded in 2010, 11 people lost their lives and millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the worst environmental disasters in history.

Now, that tragic event has been turned into a movie that aims to tell the stories of the people on that rig.

"Deepwater Horizon" is very realistic and situates viewers in the midst of an accident that was all the more tragic because it could've been avoided.

The movie takes its title from the name of the rig that blew up in 2010. It stars Mark Wahlberg as a worker on the rig and Kurt Russell as his boss. Kate Hudson, Russell's real-life stepdaughter, plays the wife of Wahlberg's character.

Gina Rodriguez is excellent as another employee aboard the floating platform in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.

The movie makes it clear cost-cutting by the oil company led to the disaster, but if the why is obvious, the how is not so well explained.

B.P. - short for British Petroleum - has already paid out almost $30 billion to pay fines and settle claims resulting from the accident, which caused the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

As a B.P. executive, John Malkovich is a villain, and it's worth seeing this film to hiss at him. He's warned the oil well is unstable, but more than a month behind schedule, he pushes on. And the big blow proves inevitable.

"Deepwater Horizon" cost more than $150 million, and every dollar is up there on the screen.

For those who like action, there is no shortage of it here. Those who already got their fill of disasters from the news might not want to relive one of the worst, but everyone who wants to see it should do so on the biggest screen they can find.
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