Deepwater Horizon movie released in theaters; purpose is to honor men killed

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On April 20, 2010, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 men and creating the biggest oil spill in the history of off-shore oil drilling. The BP-operated Deepwater Horizon disaster brings to mind the intense environmental influence of the spill: 4.2 million barrels of crude oil  that poured into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 straight days.

The new blockbuster, “Deepwater Horizon”, recreates the tragic events of that day and the effect it had on family members and survivors. The movie opened Thursday in theaters.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson, and is stirring up emotions for the family members of those 11 men who died in the blast more than six years ago. Many relatives hope the movie will remind people about the human toll of the disaster.

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