Posted by: greercn | February 5, 2016

The 33

Poised in the area between TV disaster movies and inspirational tales, “The 33” lifts your spirits and entertains you.

There are script weaknesses. When a character says “you have just two weeks before retirement”, you groan. And there is real corniness here that gets in the way of Patricia Riggen’s taut direction.

Based on the true story of miners stuck underground in Chile in 2010, I thought knowledge of the original events might hamper my enjoyment of this.

Even though I remembered it all, the film was terrific. Checco Varese’s cinematography is very special.

And the acting is great. Antonio Banderas is fine as the leader of the trapped men and Rodrigo Santoro is equally compelling as a government minister who searches for a rescue.

Juliet Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, Lou Diamond Phillips and James Brolin are all super but it’s the ensemble and the individual stories that make this stay in my mind.

“The 33” deserves to be seen widely. With a distinctive Chilean setting, it’s different and compelling.

The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse enjoyed it, as did I.

All two hours and seven minutes pass by very quickly. And the rather lovely soundtrack leaves you humming, as the end credits roll by.

Yes, it suffers from some Hollywood touches. There are bits of glitz when the reality is tougher. But the technical information around mining and drilling is fascinating and the performances, cinematography and direction are distinctive and stylish. Do see it, while you can.



  1. Great movie about survival

  2. It certainly is. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Loved the film 🙂

  4. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. The trailer does not show how involving the movie is. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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