Deepwater Horizon – Real Life Events on the Big Screen

There’s something about a true story being played out on the big screen that makes a film heightened in some way, as if the audience is experiencing the drama through the real life characters and, if done properly, feel everything that they feel too.

To celebrate the release of Deepwater Horizon, based on the true story of the devastating 2010 incident and starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich, we’ve taken a look at some of the greatest true stories ever told on film.

Captain Phillips (2013)

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After his ship is targeted by Somali pirates, Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks,) must use his skills and cunning as he finds himself in an ensuing standoff with erratic leader Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who has his eyes set on taking the ship and crew for ransom in return for millions of dollars. Temporarily outwitting the pirates, the ship’s crew cut the power and capture Muse, but when the rest of the gang take Phillips hostage in return, the brave captain offers himself in order to keep his crew safe. The final scenes are a claustrophobic race against the clock, as Tom Hanks plays out the traumatic and incredibly brave actions of a real life hero.

The Impossible (2012)

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When the Boxing Day Tsunami devastated south east Asia in 2004, one of the most unbelievable true stories emerged and was stunningly portrayed in The Impossible. Henry (Ewan McGregor), his wife Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons travel to a picturesque Thailand resort for and exotic Christmas break. After the tsunami strikes, the family finds themselves separated and suffering. Henry and Maria fight against the odds to protect their children and ultimately bring the family back together again, stumbling upon moments of heart-wrenching tragedy and experiencing acts of unbelievable compassion along the way.

 

The 33 (2015)

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Struggling to support his family, Mario (Antonio Banderas) along with other miners, take on extra shifts in the unstable San Jose Mine. When the decision is made to keep the mine open, regardless of the safety issues, the men know they have no choice but to carry on. A few hours into being in the mine, the ground begins to shake and boulders the size of the Empire State Building rain down upon them, collapsing the escape tunnels and leaving 33 men trapped 2,300ft below ground. Through the tireless campaigning of their families on the surface, 58 days later and countless efforts to find a way out, the rescue capsule finally reaches the men. One of the most unlikely stories ever brought to screen, The 33 is tense, uplifting and the will give you the biggest sigh of relief ever.

 

 Everest (2015)

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Not for those with vertigo. When mountaineer Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) gathers a team of eager adventurers to climb the mammoth that is Mount Everest – things quickly take a turn for the worst once the group reach the summit, with some faulty equipment and an incoming menacing storm heading their way.  Some stylized scenes from the film were borrowed from the 1998 documentary of the same name, which really adds to the realism of the tragic story. Clarke is joined by an all-star cast, including Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Emily Watson.

 

127 Hours (2010)

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127 Hours tells the horrifying true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable effort to save his own life after a boulder crashes down on his arm and traps him, leaving him isolated in the middle of Utah. The five days that follow sees Ralston realise that no one is going to find him, taking it upon himself to ensure his survival …regardless of the pain. As Aron pushes himself to his limits, surviving the elements and overcoming his fears enough to scale a 65 foot wall and hike eight miles, hallucinating and close to death, 127 Hours will leave you squirming in your seat.

 

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

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After saying goodbye to his wife (Kate Hudson) and daughter for 21 days, Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) makes his way to work on the Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Tension builds as tell-tale signs of the rig’s problems are felt by the experienced crew, but ignored by visiting supervisor Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich). Within minutes of Vitrine’s ill-advised order to begin pumping oil, the rig explodes bringing tonnes of oil down on the crew, eventually setting the rig on fire. As real life hero Mike attempts to get his team to safety, you can feel your pulse pounding.


DEEPWATER HORIZON COMES TO CINEMAS NOW

Rules Don’t Apply – Brand New Trailer!

Warren Beatty is a character, isn’t he? So rehearsed in playing spectacular characters too. Like Dick Tracy, Bugsy, and Heaven Can Wait.

He also dated Madonna. Wut?

Anyway, here he returns to star and direct in Rules Don’t Apply. The film revolves around an aspiring young actress and her ambitious driver who struggle to serve the wants of an unpredictable and wild billionaire. However, natch, they fall in love. Woops.

There are a lot of films about the golden age of Hollywood, can this muster any interest?

Well, Lily Collins and Ansel Egort, this could work.


Rules Don’t Apply is out later this year!

War On Everyone – Brand New Clip!

This film is one that seemingly ticks all the right boxes. The movie, the cast, the jokes, the story: All of this wrapped up into one amazing box.

We want to shove every inch of it into every orifice we have.

We can do that right?

War on Everyone is directed and written by John Michael McDonagh and stars Alexander Skarsgaard and John Pen. The film revolves around Terry Monroe and Bob Bolano who are two corrupt cups who set out to blackmail every criminal that crosses their path. That is until they come across someone they can’t intimidate.

We’ve heard nothing but praise. Make sure you plug your pores with every shaved part of this film.


War on Everyone is out October 7th 

Deepwater Horizon – Brand New Clip!

There have been plenty of ocean faring true stories out there and swishing their way to the big screen in hopes of making a big splash on the big screen! Now Deepwater Horizon adds to the depths of water disasters!

Starring Mark Wahlberg, the film is based on the true story of a man-made disaster that occurred in the titular oil rig, stranded the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. Deepwater Horizon looks at the brave men and women whose act of heroism saved many on board and changed everyone’s lives…

Here’s the latest clip on the dramatic movie. What do you think of the upcoming movie? It’s certainly had rave reviews from critics!


Deepwater Horizon is out in cinemas now! 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Brand New Trailer!

Going rogue is the new black!

That’s right, going underground and away from corrupt government agencies is the new thing for sexy and suave spies and Jack Reacher is also tackling the phenomenon in his latest romp.

Never Go Back, alarmingly not a dance competition film featuring Tom Cruise, revolves around our least favourite spy uncover a shady plot and must go on the run/or run to save the world.

Honestly, this looks like every spy or rogue agent movie that you’ve seen ever. But damn, people will pay money to see the actor wrap his chops around cheesy dialogue whilst he breaks bones! Also, can we just say that the poster looks like Tom Cruise and Colbie Smulders are doing some sort of illicit tango!


Jack Reacher is out 21st October 

Dr. Strange – Brand New Clips!

Pretty much everyone I’ve spoken to about this film has been stoked. A chance to see Benedict Cumberbatch shed his regal British composure to play a regal magical American? Sign us the fuck up. Tilda Swinton as a (somewhat miscast) guru, Mas Mikkelson as the villain, AND CHIWETEL FUCKING EJIOFOR, we’re fucking in.

Doctor Strange revolves around a medical professional who, after an accident, goes soul searching in the deepest regions of the world. Under the tutelage of The Ancient One, he comes to find that there is more to this world than what it seems and begins to master the powers within it. But, like most origins stories, as soon as he learns his talents, something evil is about to come.

I did hear someone mutter that it looked ridiculous and they had a point but wrap that ridiculousness around the cast and Marvel magic and it’s so forgivable!


Dr. Strange is out October