When the largest oil spill off the Gulf Coast in history occurred in 2010, it was a traumatic disaster that took lives and caused many to point fingers at who was to blame. Deepwater Horizon delves into the life of Chief Technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and other oil rig workers as they board the Deepwater Horizon to supervise the oil extraction process. As they experience what turns into a traumatic explosion and oil spill, Deepwater Horizon characterizes the bravery and sacrifice present in those onboard and their families patiently waiting for them back home. In the aftermath of the event, themes of greed, safety, and sacrifice are questioned.