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The Great Invisible

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Margaret Brown

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About the Movie

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil-drilling rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of the rig's 126 crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that could be seen 35 miles away. After two days ablaze, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. Interweaving personal stories with insight from industry insiders and news footage of the disaster and its aftermath, Margaret Brown creates an intimate and emotional look at the many people still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion long after the story has faded from the front page.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Great Invisible," Margaret Brown's quietly infuriating documentary film about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, includes depressing information that many would probably be happier not knowing. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 28, 2014

Fresh: Most of all, it's a sobering look at a part of coastal America that will never be the same again. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 5, 2014

Fresh: A complex, deeply sobering appraisal of the fallout from the BP oil spill. – Justin Chang, Variety, Mar 13, 2014

Fresh: The film chillingly hints at how deep the region's problems may go. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Oct 29, 2014

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Customer Reviews


The fact that you are watching this on a PC, TV, etc. shows how much of a hypocrite you are. You are using electricity to run the instruments, that oil makes. Without oil everyone that cry and wants drilling t0 stop can go w/out their car and live in the dark. Yes this is a huge environmental tragedy, but there must be a middle point of conservation and drilling. We can’t live with out it. Look at Brazil, you don’t hear about how much rainforest is being cut down anymore. They do not have enough land to power their own country with alcohol. But now it’s too late and the =y have made the switch. You was natural gas, but you complain about fracking. There is no possible way too not have some kind of environmental impact, to get these natural resources. Quit crying and put your money into research, not protection and stopping the drilling. You are a fool if you think this will help the world. It is only passing the buck. I=t will be don’t somewhere else and you will hurt someone else back yard. But that’s OK, as long as it is not yours.

Not bad — not not great.

A documentary like this should go into the causes of the accidents: certainly, there should have been excellent footage and graphic explanations from news reporting of the accident included to explain the holocaust so that we could understand what happened more completely than the scattered anecdotal accounts. Having watched it several times, I’m still not certain what caused the accident — as the news reports of the incident were very heavily edited and groomed in California by the news media on socialist Left Coast.

There was actually a technical side to this terrible human tragedy.

Too bad that the documentary leaned so far left, citing all the evils of oil usage.


There are two kinds of people, the people that actually review the movie, and people that rant about environmental problems

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