The first half of “Deepwater Horizon” is another in the long line of mediocre but inoffensive films acting as if Mark Wahlberg seems anything like a relatable working-clas figure.
The second half of “Deepwater Horizon” is a well-directed, even socially conscious portrayal of a heinous disaster. The chaos and absurdity of the disaster are portrayed well, and the shallowly-drawn characters matter less as the execution of the spectacle is done so well.
Ultimately the movie doesn’t come out any make any great statement, although it’s easy to draw one’s one conclusions, but just depicting the event in a semi-accurate way does plenty of damage. I give it three explosions, and a hell of a lot of oil.