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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Deepwater Horizon

Yet another movie based on real events.

Full disclosure time.  I spent 12 years in the environmental claims department of a major insurance company, I had a lot of oil industry claims venued in Louisiana and Texas, and yes, my office did have a role in the clean up after the Deepwater Horizon incident.  So I do have a real-life link, albeit tenuous, to the Deepwater Horizon event.

So the movie puts the blame on the BP executives who were annoyed that the project was behind schedule and therefore cut corners.  I know that there were a lot of subcontractors on the site who share in the blame.  But that's not the heart of the story.

Instead the story focuses on a handful of workers who are assigned to to the rig and their activities the day of the blowout.  We watch as they leave their families and travel to the oil rig, and we see the steps they take to ensure that the well and drilling equipment are functioning safely.

And all the while we wait as the tension builds, and we move closer and closer to the disaster we know is coming.

And when it comes...

1 comment:

bookworm said...

I haven't been to a movie in years, but I may try to catch this when it comes out (hopefully on Amazon Prime). Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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