By Gabe Cohn.Nov. 7, 2018.”Deepwater Horizon” airs on FX. And Sebastián Cordero’s spare sci-fi movie is on Hulu.DEEPWATER HORIZON 7:30 p.m. on FX. The screenwriters Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand based the script for this film on an article in The New York Times that investigated the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and industrial disaster. Grounded in realism, the movie wrings its suspense out of a slow, steady ascent into the unknown. Cordero shapes “a number of sci-fi clichés – from the botched spacewalk to the communications breakdown – into a wondering contemplation of our place in the universe,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The Times. The actors playing the explorers include Sharlto Copley and Karolina Wydra. The movie is eagerly revisited by some devotees around this time of year, though others may find it hokey. In his review for The Times, A.O. Scott called the film “An indigestible Christmas pudding” that is “More like a record label’s greatest-hits compilation or a ‘very special’ sitcom clip-reel show than an actual movie.” The film’s quiet, reserved nature sets it apart from many other films in the genre.
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