Explosive disaster movie Deepwater Horizon hits the big screen

PUBLISHED: 15:30 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30 07 October 2016

Deepwater Horizon. Picture: David Lee

Deepwater Horizon. Picture: David Lee

David Lee

The latest disaster film to hit the big screen follows an explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deepwater Horizon. Picture: David Lee.Deepwater Horizon. Picture: David Lee.

Deepwater Horizon is based on the true events which occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010.

The film sees the dark side of the oil industry when drilling goes wrong and an explosion sends a fireball through the rig.

The initial blast kills 11 of the rig’s 126 workers and the film showcases the courage of those who survived.

Even after the blast, the rig’s workers are faced with more issues, as defences designed to prevent a large-scale oil spill fail. In real life oil continued to pour into the ocean for close to three months before it was finally plugged.

Deepwater Horizon stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role of Mike Williams, an electrician working on the rig.

Gina Rodriguez stars as the female lead, Andrea Fleytas, who spots the initial blaze and frantically tries to contact the coastguard.

Kate Hudson also stars in the film as Mike Williams’ wife and Kurt Russell plays crew member Jimmy Harrell.

The film is in cinemas now and promises to be an explosive yet intelligent take on the disaster, showcasing the bravery of those on board Deepwater Horizon when what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in the history of the United States began.

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