I liked that they included explanations of some of the procedures and ops. I believe they used actual Coast Guard personnel in this film, as well. Well-acted by all, even the annoying Kate Hudson, whose incessant lip-pursing could have been toned down considerably. Accurate Louisiana accents and colloquialisms, great cinematography, and a true depiction of what went wrong, who was to blame, and why. Only one star because it looks as if they used a real pelican, soaked in oil for the making of this movie. Animal abuse disgusts most with a conscience; they should have used a mechanical bird.