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Movie Review: An industrial disaster turns workmanlike in Deepwater Horizon

There’s a novelty inherent in seeing a Hollywood movie depict its characters’ chosen professions as unglamorously as Deepwater Horizon does when it shows the day-to-day operations of a drilling rig. These are some of the best parts of Peter Berg’s workmanlike disaster movie: riggers checking in at a heliport before being flown out for their 21-day shifts; a sore, tired-looking guy in safety-orange coveralls cracking a dumb joke; middle-aged men who pronounce “cement” as “see-ment” talking construction timetables; a visiting executive being asked to remove his magenta tie because of industry superstition.
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