Date Stamp: January 30, 2016
Studio: Warner Bros.
Reviewed by: Ed Coke
It’s been a couple of days since I watched The 33. I’ve since watched a bunch of Netflix titles, so I feel like I can finally take a step back to fairly assess what was a highly entertaining and emotionally charged cinematic reenacting of some truly terrifying real life events.
The 33 just hit blu-ray/DVD and it tells the story of the 2010 mining disaster in Chile, and the rescue efforts that followed. I had seen the trailer and was familiar with the story from when it was seemingly covered non-stop, play-by-play via satellite to every screen around the globe, but I certainly didn’t remember all the interesting facts surrounding the events. A cast of excellent actors including Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche, and Gabriel Byrne, among many others compliment an excellently shot and dramatically conveyed story of struggle and sacrifice, triumph and failure. The filmmakers did a fantastic job of exposing the humanity behind a horrific ordeal and made a picture that allows the viewer to experience the situation through many sets of eyes.
Guided by a powerful musical score from award-winning, since passed away industry legend James Horner and edited by veteran Michael Tronick (True Romance, Scent of a Woman, Straight Outta Compton), The 33 is filled with memorable and remarkable characters who endured the 69-day long crisis and are made relatable to a wide range of audiences. I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the people who lived through the event even make a cameo in the movie. Although it perhaps lacked some suspense seeing as the ending wasn’t a mystery, it turned out to be a meaningful flick that is worth seeing.