7:00 PM, 12th November, 2016
Based on the true story, Deepwater Horizon is a look at one of the worst oil spills and ecological disasters in history, as told through the eyes of the everyday people who unexpectedly found their values tested by the crisis.
The events of the film unfold aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, when an explosion sets off a chain of events that resulted in a number of deaths, even more injuries, and an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil being discharged into the ocean – the largest accidental oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.
This fact-based disaster thriller chronicles the courage and survival of the many of worked on the oil rig and their brave efforts in face of the extreme danger.
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) portrays real-life hero Mike Williams, the rig’s chief electronics official, who desperately attempts to prevent the explosion after workers realise that something has gone amiss. An impressive cast is rounded out with Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), John Malkovich (RED), Gina Rodriguez (breakout star of TV’s “Jane the Virgin”), Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), in her first on-screen pairing with her de facto father Russell.
As directed by the talented Peter Berg – blending elements of his last two films, Lone Survivor and Battleship – Deepwater Horizon is a thrill ride of intense action and emotion.
8:57 PM, 12th November, 2016
From Todd Phillips, the director behind The Hangover trilogy, comes this war comedy based on the outrageous true story of two friends in their twenties who, over the course of a few months, become international arms dealers.
In 2007, at the height of the Iraq War, best friends David Packouz (Teller from Whiplash, Fantastic Four) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill from The Wolf of Wall Street, 21 Jump Street) are living in Miami Beach. Looking to make a name for themselves, along with a quick buck, they decide to exploit a little-known government initiative allowing small businesses to bid on American military contracts. Starting small, they soon begin raking in the money and eventually manage to secure a $300 million government contract from the Pentagon, against the world’s largest defence companies, to supply ammunition and weapons for American troops and allies in Afghanistan.
Winning the lucrative contract allows them to lead the high life, but this soon leads to difficulties within America and abroad, involving the corridors of power, the front lines, gunrunners, arms dealers, a Pentagon investigation, and more from the shadowy world of global arms dealing.
Based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes” by Guy Lawson – and also starring Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as a shady ally that David and Efraim get into business with – War Dogs is a fun and highly enjoyable fact-based film.