Review: The 33

The 33

The 33

Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 127 minutes
Language: English / Chile
India Release Date: TBD

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Overall Review:
Film’s story is based off of the true story of 33 Chilean miners that end up being buried underground inside a gold and copper mine for 69 days. Their story is one that made Chile more news-worthy than it’s been in years, but also captured the attention of the entire world. Story further advances by narrating how actually these miners manages to pull together and ration their food until drillers on the outside are able to get food through to them. While the miners suffer on the inside, families, drillers, and one particular politician work to get them out on the outside. Film is best shot inside the mine. The mine itself is almost complete darkness because of the lack of light which really helps to set the mood and makes the situation seem even more hopeless. The atmosphere is also claustrophobic, aided by the sound editing, that helps the audience feel right there, trapped beneath rocks. Movie has its sidelines too. At times, it gets slowed and loses the pace. But to an extent, Patricia Riggen (Director) succeeds in getting true story on the big screen. This is a film which tells its story with drama, sensitivity and even some humor and makes it relatable to anyone who ever came to the aid of someone in trouble.

Performance & Technical Review:
Patricia Riggen’ direction is absolutely brilliant. She succeeds in blancing to alternates between tense and emotional scenes. The acting as well is outstanding, with Antonio Banderas (Mario Sepúlveda) and Rodrigo Santoro (Laurence Golborne) being the most notable. The screenplay is very well written, giving the characters a lot of development and personality. The soundtrack (Composed by Late James Horner; composer of Titanic, Braveherat, Avatar, Apollo 13) is also very good, mixing chilean instruments with big orchestra compositions that fit the movie perfectly and overall it helps build the emotional moments.

PDF Verdict:
The 33 is a roller coaster of emotions that, despite possibly knowing how it all ended, manages to keep you at the edge of your seat and also manages to get right its human focus – A focus placed on acts of survival and cooperation. At the end movie teaches us: “There is hope in any circumstance. Be strong!”.

P.S.- Movie Rated 3 for its flaws in the script – Losing Pace in between and Abrupt Ending.

Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 2.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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