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  • Inspired by a true story of real-life heroes.

''Everything they told us could never happen... It happened. Men lost their lives.''

Directed by Peter Berg, this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever.

  • On April 20th, 2010, an oil rig crew faced the impossible.

On April 20, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the DEEPWATER HORIZON in the Gulf of Mexico.


Our film follows a vital story that many have not seen: the story of the 126 crew members working aboard the Deepwater Horizon that day, caught in the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. They were skilled working men and women putting in a grueling shift in the hopes of getting back soon to families and lives ashore. In an instant, they were faced with their darkest hour, pushed to summon the courage to battle an unstoppable inferno blaze in the middle of the ocean, and when all seemed lost, to save one another.

The ultra-deep-water drilling rig off the Louisiana coast - the Deepwater Horizon - riveted the world as it experienced a devastating blowout, fire and nearly unstoppable ocean floor oil leak. For 87 days millions watched, hearts in mouths, as more than 50,000 barrels of oil a day gushed from the sea floor into the Gulf of Mexico. It would become the largest accidental ocean oil spill in human history. The impact to marine life and the questions of what went wrong and why are ongoing.

DEEPWATER HORIZON brings that story to the screen with a gripping glimpse into the unseen world behind the global disaster that took the lives of 11 workers.

  • Courage leads the way.

Mark Wahlberg takes on the role of real-life Transocean chief electronics technician Mike Williams, a devoted family man who was overseeing the rig's computers and electrical systems on April 20th, when everything he imagined could go wrong... did. Oil rig workers are a notoriously tough and gritty breed. The work is physically punishing and ultra high-pressure - as workers grapple with complex equipment approximately 60 feet above remote seas. Yet even for Williams, what happened that day was unprecedented. Williams knew the work was desperately behind schedule, but he also knew the Deepwater Horizon had sophisticated defenses said to be able to prevent even the worst blowouts. Nevertheless, at 10 p.m. that night, volatile methane shot up into the rig, and all the rig’s defenses failed. The result was a sudden, deadly explosion and a series of fireballs, as the shattered rig and its crew were shaken, hurtled and drenched incombustible gas.

From that moment on, Williams was in a race to save his own life and those of his crewmates - each driven by the hope of making it home - in an escape that seemed to defy all the odds.

For Berg, the story's themes were vivid stirring and a chance to shed light on an event most often talked about in terms of the environmental, rather than human, impact. ''I'm drawn to tales of human courage and of the human spirit trying to triumph over real adversity - and those elements are the heart of this story,'' says Berg. ''The men and women aboard the Deepwater Horizon were extremely intelligent and capable and they tried everything they could to prevent the blowout. It's important to remember that 11 people lost their lives on the rig, and more were injured. In the middle of all the deserved attention for the oil spill, that heroism has almost been lost. This film is a chance to tell that story.''

  • What Was The Deepwater Horizon?

An insatiable demand for fuel has brought oil companies into ocean depths where humans have never before dared to labor, bolstered by new high-tech equipment capable of plunging thousands of feet below sea level, operating where humans can't go, amid shifting sands and hazardous pockets of explosive gas. It's a brave new world of exploration for the oil industry, but on April 20, 2010, the dangers of that world became devastatingly clear.

On that day, the Deepwater Horizon, an ultra-deep-water, advanced oil rig owned by the Swiss company Transocean and leased by British Petroleum was drilling deep in a well named Macondo about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. Suddenly, the crew faced the greatest fear of all ocean rig workers: a ferocious blowout, caused by pockets of unstable methane shooting up the pipes with deadly force. Though equipped with a blowout preventer that included an Emergency Disconnect System (EDS), both failed to contain the blowout. The initial blowout killed 11 men who were never found, critically injured others and sparked a bold evacuation of men and women trapped amid roiling mud and fire. After two days of searing flames, the remains of the Deepwater Horizon sank 5000 feet to the ocean floor, leaving the well gushing beyond control, ultimately releasing, according to government estimates, 4.9 million barrels of oil.

Since then, the words Deepwater Horizon have become synonymous with the words ''largest marine oil spill in history.'' But prior to that, the Deepwater Horizon was seen as a technological marvel. An offshore oil rig is essentially a stationary cruise ship - and the Deepwater Horizon was among the most sophisticated in the fleet. Built in South Korea, the rig featured a deck the size of a football field, a 25-story tall derrick and below-deck living quarters for 146 people, including a gym and movie theater. The mechanical innards of the Deepwater Horizon utilized space-age technology, spanning from electronic drilling monitors to computerized modeling systems and automated shut-off defenses.

But wondrous as the rig was, it was also, at the time of the explosion, 6 weeks behind schedule, and costing a half million dollars a day - pushing management to complete the well as fast as possible. The full consequences of the Deepwater Horizon blowout are still being assessed. After several failed containment attempts, on September 21, 2010, the well was finally declared dead. Today, court cases are ongoing, coastal businesses are recovering and environmentalists are studying damage to marine life. But for the 11 families who lost their loved ones, and the workers who faced mortal danger, the consequences are felt every single day.

Deepwater Horizon Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Peter Berg

Writing Credits

Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand (Screenplay)

Matthew Sand (Screen story)

David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul (Based upon an article by)


Mark Wahlberg

Kurt Russell

John Malkovich

Gina Rodriguez

Dylan O'Brien

Kate Hudson

Stella Allen

Brad Leland

David Maldonado

Ethan Suplee

John Daniel Evermore

Jason Pine

Ronald Weaver

Music by

Steve Jablonsky

Cinematography by

Enrique Chediak

Categories: Oscars, Oscar Academy Award Nominee, EEBAFTAs, BAFTA Award Nominee

Genres: Action, Drama, History, Thriller

Countries: Hong Kong, United States

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