Acadiana residents react to release of ‘Deepwater Horizon’ movie

LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – The new movie ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is hitting theaters nationwide.

The movie portrays the events leading up to one of the most catastrophic oil spills in U.S. history, which has stirred mixed emotions.

“We’d like to see it because it’s kind of close to home and it’s in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the reason for a lot of the problems our gulf coast is having today,” said resident, Stewart Blue.

“Don’t have a strong feeling because I was in the oil industry for a long time,” said resident, Patrick Seaux.

Seaux isn’t sure what to think after the release of the movie. He believes that the tragedy shouldn’t have been exploited for financial gain.

“If it had more of a message of redemption, but it’s just capitalizing on the tragedy itself,” said Seaux.

The explosion happened back in April 2010–killing 11 crewmembers and spilling more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the gulf.

Acadian Ambulance Operations Manager, Marc Creswell, was instrumental in transporting several people off the rig and says he’s glad a movie has been produced.

“I’d like to see it,” said Creswell. “The thing that I’m most interested in is making sure that they got the movie correct and didn’t do any Hollywood sensationalism so that they can sell it better.”

The film is said to depict the bravery and survival in the face of what has become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history, which is why resident, Lonnie Vincent, is more eager than others to see the movie.

“I just thought it would be a good movie and a good topic,” said Vincent. “All my kids are in the oil field so I was interested.”

Vincent was able to catch Friday’s first showing of the film and says overall he enjoyed it.

“I thought it was great,” said Vincent. “I thought it was portrayed the way it really happened.”

The movie is showing in several theaters across Acadiana.

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