|Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon (Summit Entertainment)|
There are two powerful scenes in the action/adventure/true story Deepwater Horizon that are pretty subtle and short. Blink and you’ll miss them. The first is when three of the main characters are taking a helicopter from the mainland over to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sitting in the Gulf of Mexico. Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) does the sign of the cross prayer. Another character looks over and shrugs. This trip is just another everyday trip for this crew and nothing really worth praying over, right? The second comes minutes before the end of the film where all of the survivors of the huge blowout explosion on the vessel get down on their knees and recite The Lord’s Prayer. In just a few short hours, the importance of prayer has risen significantly.
I have to say that Deepwater Horizon is the second film to really affect me emotionally this year. The first was just a week ago watching Queen of Katwe which was an inspiring film (and under-appreciated) on so many levels. This film was equally compelling, but for different reasons altogether. Director Peter Berg crafted a truly unique film that makes you feel as if you are a member of this crew and what they experience, you experience. The characters are real and the dialogues are real. I can’t say that I understand everything that they are saying throughout the movie, since I’ve never worked on an oil rig, but I understood enough of to really feel a part of the action and danger.
When the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon happened in April of 2010, I didn’t really appreciate all that had happened just by watching the news, but the event has gone down in history as one of the worst man-made disasters of all time and it is so frustrating to know that it shouldn’t have ever happened. Heading into the film, I knew that eleven of the 126 crew members would not make it out alive. I went from terror to anger in the span of less than two hours.