In April 2010, BP’s oil platform off the Louisiana coast massively exploded into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst oil spill in US history. Now we have the slam-bang action movie “Deepwater Horizon,” which is directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell as two old-school stalwarts who spend a great deal of screen time dodging mud, fire, bulletlike bolts, and collapsing derricks.
Their chief adversary is the greedy, heedless BP executive played by John Malkovich in his finest slinky-slimy mode. At its best, the movie is like “The Towering Inferno” but without all the sudsy subplots that doused that film’s fires. Grade: B+ (Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language.)