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The movie “Deepwater Horizon” depicts the blowout and explosions that killed 11 men and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history in April 2010. Fast-paced and scary, the film focuses on the decisions that caused the catastrophe and the heroics that followed. But it begins with the recorded voices of lawyers and witnesses played over a black screen and ends with video of protagonist Mike Williams testifying before a joint panel of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard. These brief moments nod to the enormous legal aftermath of the tragedy.

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