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Get your popcorn and wait for the movie about the BP oil spill

  • Musings of The Star's editorial board
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A hypothetical question: If Hollywood made a movie about the 2010 BP oil spill just off the Alabama coastline, would you go see it?

If you said yes, you're in luck. Just such a movie -- named, aptly, Deepwater Horizon -- opens later this month. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson. And this isn't a joke.

Of course, neither was the spill, which killed 11 people, dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, damaged coastlines and wildlife and hurt states like Alabama, where coastal residents and businesses depend on tourism, fishing and other Gulf-related activities for their livelihoods. BP's hefty settlement with coastal states like Alabama is only part of the recovery process that's now six years old.

The movie premiered recently at the Toronto International Film Festival, which allowed global reviewers an early viewing. According to a reviewer for The Guardian, "The film also squarely, and quite rightly, places the blame for the disaster at BP’s door. Without turning them into moustache-twirling villains, we see its representatives callously place profits over potential loss of human life and environmental damage. I can’t recall a film that’s been quite so brave or clear in its untainted bile for one particular company ('money-hungry sonsabitches')."

-- Phillip Tutor