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Here's a look at the new movie I saw this week.

Deepwater Horizon
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson
Synopsis: There are decisions that can alter the course of your life forever. Sometimes it's when you act despite deep reservations. Sometimes it's the little things you don't do. By now, most people are familiar with the events of the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana that had a giant blow out, exploding into flames more than 70 miles off the coast. Tons of oil leaked into the Gulf Coast. It was the largest oil-related disaster in history. It also cost 11 men their lives. The new film, "Deepwater Horizon," chronicles that fateful day in April of 2010, showing you the story through the eyes of three of the survivors. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez and Kurt Russell as members of the Deepwater Horizon crew, John Malkovich as the BP executive that pushed the crew to take risks that led to the tragedy, and Kate Hudson plays Wahlberg's wife, who's left at home scrambling for information. Director Peter Berg has a talent for these kind of stories, especially when pairing with Wahlberg. The two did "Lone Survivor" together, and next year they'll team for "Patriot's Day" about the Boston Marathon bombing. Berg directs the film with a steady hand, letting the story unfold at a good pace. We see the characters questioning the safety of the mission — particularly Russell's Mr. Jimmy. Then the work done to show the explosion and the aftermath is emotionally riveting, particularly the sequences of Hudson scrambling for information and Wahlberg's Mike Williams, as he finally releases his emotions in a powerful sequence in his hotel room after surviving the tragic events. This was a powerfully made film about the fight to survive. Malkovich, too, turns in a great performance as the overly aggressive and criminally naive executive that pushed too hard, too fast, leading to the death of 11 men. This is a film that demands to be seen on the big screen, too, thanks to the scope of the effects during the latter portion of the film.
Rating:  PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images.
Verdict: Four stars out of four.

Upcoming Releases:
Friday, October 14 — "The Accountant," "Max Steel," "Kevin Hart: Now What?," "Desierto"
Friday, October 21 — "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," "Keeping Up With the Joneses," "31," "Ouija: Origin of Evil," "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween"
Friday, October 28 — "Inferno," "American Pastoral"

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