Thirteen Lives (2022)

“A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding.” – IMDB

Thirteen Lives (2022)

Most of us probably think that we know the story of the young Thai boys and their coach who were stuck in a cave following massive flooding, during the summer of 2018. Well, for as much as we may think we know, actually seeing what these divers and rescuers had to go through in order to get these boys out is nothing short of unbelievable. Seriously! The whole time we were watching it, my husband and I kept saying that what they managed to pull off defies logic.

The movie makes several great filmmaking decisions. First, it gets right into the story. It doesn’t give a ton of lead-up or backstories for the characters involved. Instead it dives (I know, I hate myself) right into the struggle at the core of this movie: how to get these boys out.

It also does a good job of teaching the audience about the technical aspects of what this rescue mission entailed, without feeling like it ever gets too bogged down in exposition. Instead, it is one of the most anxiety-inducing, edge-of-your-seat movies I’ve seen in a long time AND that’s with knowing how it turns out!

Finally, I thought the film did a good job of respecting the sacrifices made by the two divers who lost their lives during this mission and stayed true to the facts. Especially as there is no need for fluff with this movie, the real story is breathtaking enough!

Rating: 8 out 10 Claire Bears


If you like this movie, you should also watch: The Impossible, 127 Hours

Streaming: Amazon

With: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton

Directed By: Ron Howard

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