Deepwater Horizon

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Thrilling tale of heroism during deadly oil rig explosion.

PG-13 2016 97 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 22 reviews

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age 10+

Great movie!

This movie is one of the best movies Ive ever watched! Violence: Big explosions and then more explosions, its probably what an tween would enjoy, nothing TO over the top, If your son or daughter wants to watch this movie, I think that an mature 10 year old or 11 year old can watch it, though I do recommend to skip the part in the beginning where a couple has sex. Swearing is 12 uses of god and shit.

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Too much violence
age 13+

Don't underestimate the intensity!

It's hard to really capture the intensity of this film so I'll just tell you a story. I started this when I was tired, and it was late in the afternoon when the 6yo and 8yo were playing on their iPads in the same room. I didn't "plan" this as a movie night for the kids so I wasn't clever to check CSM like I might normally. This was my first mistake. As the movie progressed and the story built I only observed cursory interest from the boys, looking up occasionally and asking the odd question. A particular question from Mr 6yo, reminds me of how little attention I was paying to my parental role in this experience: "did this really happen?" he said. That should have been another clue, but I ignored it. My second mistake. As the explosion sequence began to build I found Mr 6yo again putting his ipad down and cuddling me more and then eventually becoming upset and wanting to put another tv show on. He was clearly wanting to stop it but I put his discomfort down to ... look, I don't even know. But I ignored him. This was my third mistake. As the fire started, I realised it was too far. Glancing over at Mr 8yo, he had the ipad hard up against his nose, completely obstructing the tv from view, with a gritted-teeth look on his face as the silent tears rolled out of his terrified eyes. This picture of fear won't leave me any time soon. This is why I'm taking the time to write this... hopefully some other parent out there can learn from my stupidity. I immediately killed the tv here and tried to console my two small children who were clearly traumatised and now sobbing in my arms. I'm so sorry. The key message here is that I was careless. On the surface the isolated sex references, language use and even violence seem relatively tame compared to even many of the MCU films, of which My kids have been fine with. It's a testament to the exceptional film making that even as an adult, I too experienced the tummy-tightening effects of this dramatic sequence, but still this did not motivate me to turn it off. I guess as an adult now I've trained my body to enjoy this in films. This was not however ok for my immature children who were not ready for that kind of emotional impact and visceral realism. This is a great film... for mature viewers.

This title has:

Too much violence

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