On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig run by BP sunk into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst oil spill in history. Two documentarians set out to find the root cause of it all…
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It's no spoiler alert to say BP is evil, but this well-intentioned piece starts out strong only to lose its grip as it becomes fueled (no pun intended) by outrage. The allegations about Corexit and interviews with Gulf residents make it worth viewing, but the Tickells' cloak and dagger exploits and vocalized vows to persevere despite the risks to themselves come across as puerile and naive. 3.5 stars
Sprawling, artless agitprop that looks at important - even vital issues - with the fevered hectoring of that one conspiracy theorist who hands out in your public library. There's some really great stuff in here, but no focus, no sense of presentation.
It's easy to blame big oil companies but everything is interconnected. There wouldn't be a haphazard rush for supply without demand. This doc hints at consumers making changes, but when the biggest oil consumer is the US military, what can the individual really do to change to the global market? I agree with that NYT guy, it's going to take an epic-scale disaster for real shifts in energy use. Whatever, just watch.
Like all docs, you can expect a whole bunch of bias, but in this case it's justified. This movie is an eye opener. The thought that even Obama faked his gulf swim trip shows how intense the corruption has gotten.