Type: Documentary (PBS)
Release Date: March 9, 2014
Director: Margaret Brown
Duration: 1 hr 32 mins
My Rating: 7/10
Overview: In this powerful documentary, viewers learn the chaotic effects and impacts on the environment due to the worst man-made disaster in history; the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
There are numerous effects the disaster had on the enviroment and the people of the Gulf of Mexico, many of which were not exposed during the aftermath.
What I loved: Over the holiday, I watched Deepwater Horizon with my boyfriend and family. I was overwhelmed with emotion and sadness after finishing the film and also shocked and slightly embarassed I hadn't known more about the disaster prior to seeing the movie.
As usual, once a topic interests me, I want to absorb all the information I can. This desire led me to watch The Great Invisible on Netflix. Deepwater Horizon, focuses more on the the rig explosion while this documentary highlights the effects on the environment and the people permanently changed by the disaster.
The documentary showcases footage of the disaster, and of the rig before the disaster occured. Survivors and Gulf workers are shown to tell their story of how much the disaster has affected them and their families. Hundreds and maybe even thousands of people lost their jobs, or lost valuable hours post-explosion. One surivior even wanted to take his own life.
The documentary does a great job of breaking down the numbers and how much money went into the cleanup and reparations, or lack thereof. It also shows the government's hand in everything , this information is unexpected and absolutely disappointing.
I recommend The Great Invisible if you wish to learn more the disaster and honor the memory of those who lost their lives.
What I didn't: For those wanting to see this doc and are expecting an unabridged view of the entire disaster, you will be sorely disappointed. I felt the film lacked a large amount of information and backstory regarding the Deepwater Horizon rig itself. If I hadn't seen the cinematic movie previously, I would have no idea what was going on during certain parts of the doc. The writers didn't include the foundation of knowledge one would need to fully understand the disaster from start to end.
I highly recommend doing some prior research before watching this doc, including seeing the Deepwater Horizon movie, starring Mark Wahlberg.