Deepwater Horizon

The disaster that spread and spread.

Overall B+

Based on the real disaster that caused a major oil spill in 2012, this fictional story is set aboard the drilling rig named Deepwater Horizon. The movie follows the harrowing experiences of a worker and family man (Mark Wahlberg).

Release date September 30, 2016

Violence C+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use B

Why is Deepwater Horizon rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Deepwater Horizon PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language.

Run Time: 107 minutes

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Deepwater Horizon
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Deepwater Horizon rated PG-13? Deepwater Horizon is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language.

Violence: Frequent explosions result in deaths and injuries that include some blood and injury. People are thrown by the force of the explosions. Characters are seen lying unconscious (some are presumed dead) and covered in debris. A man pulls a large piece of glass from his foot. Some characters are on fire, others are burnt by metal, while more are covered in oil. Characters jump from the rig into water with flames on the surface. A helicopter is struck by a bird. An oil covered bird flies into a ship’s bridge and is seen lying dead. A man threatens another man. Characters suffer from post-traumatic stress.

Sexual Content: A married man and woman (he is topless and she is wearing underwear) embrace in bed, some mild sexual references and innuendo are heard. People embrace and kiss while being reunited.

Language: A single sexual expletive is used, along with frequent scatological terms and other profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A character is briefly seen drinking at home.

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Deepwater Horizon
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Not Recommended for Young Children.
Manitoba 14A
Ontario 14A Language May Offend, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

Deepwater Horizon is directed by Peter Berg and stars Kurt Russell, Dylan O'Brien, Mark Wahlberg.

Learn more about the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Deepwater Horizon movie is January 10, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Deepwater Horizon
Release Date: 10 January 2017
Deepwater Horizon releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following extras:
- “Beyond the Horizon” Hour-Long Five-Part Series
- “Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg” Featurette
- “The Fury of the Rig” Featurette
- “Deepwater Surveillance” Featurette
- “Work Like An American” Tributes

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