There are stories that are so unbelievable that it captures the world’s attention. This was the case of the trapped miners in 2010 as the world looked on with anticipation of what was going to happen as it played out. Now the story is brought to life on film with the latest, The 33. The film features a great cast including Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Gabriel Byrne but can it capture the story as it happened or should it have stayed buried beneath the Earth?
The 33 follows the 33 miners who had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine in Chile in 2010. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out. This isn’t an overly intense film as you might expect as the cave in is such a small part to what they really had to endure. There is a simple set up of the characters that become the main focus that leads up to them in the mine and ultimate cave in. This is where the film really begins as it then shifts into numerous stories playing out. This isn’t just a film about the miners, but also their families and those trying to get them out.
Down below is where the most intense performances shine through with Banderas and Phillips showcasing the reason they have had the careers they have had for so long. They are both excellent here and bring a real presence that keeps the story of their struggle moving forward. The rest of the cast do a great job as well working as an ensemble making you remember that there wasn’t just a couple of people down there. Getting to see not only the struggles of what they do to survive but also what the families are going through and the government fighting to figure out how to pull this off made it an excellent combination of story elements to make it feel like a more complete story.
This is one of those films that does a great job of not only bringing this story of survival to life, but to also bring information to the viewer that may not know much about everything that happened. It’s filled with great performances and ends with a nice tribute showing the actual guys that experience this unbelievable situation to remind you that this was more than a movie, but also how they were still never treated the way they should have been. In addition to the movie this release includes the trailer featurettes showing the making of the film and a look at the real footage, interviews and B-roll film footage taking you further behind the story.
Head deep underground into the mines when The 33 comes to Blu-ray and DVD on February 16th and on Digital HD now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.