A docudramatic account of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster is presented, where the thirty-three miners who went into the San José Mine in Copiapó, Chile in the middle of the Atacama Desert on August 5 were trapped 700 meters underground for sixty-nine days, with all thirty-three eventually able to make it out of the mine alive. That day, mine foreman, Luis "Don Lucho" Urzúa, reported his concerns to mine owner, Carlos Castillo, about the unstable nature of the mountain under which the mine is located, those concerns which went unheeded. Don Lucho one of the thirty-three, went to work as usual into the mine, when that instability led to collapse in some of the underground shafts, the thirty-three who were able to make it to the refuge area, however with communication channels to the surface inoperable. Under normal circumstances, the refuge area had enough supplies to last thirty men three days. The miners also discovered that the company had failed to place the requisite ladders from ...Written by
In the opening scene, Alex Vega wears Universidad de Chile's commemorative Copa Sudamericana shirt. This soccer team won its first (and only) Cup in 2012, 2 years after the events take place (2010). See more »
One guy has a drug problem, another suffers from depression, another guy is bipolar. These men are going to start killing each other if they're down there for much longer. And this is going to go on for three months at least.
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The last scene shows, in black and white, the real 33 miners gathered on a beach, and credits each of them individually. See more »
I don't believe in reviewing over 10 pages, so here's my quick take on it...
I really enjoyed this film in general, I remember the story well because I'm an avid news reader, BUT.. .
Probably the biggest issue, (at least for me, and I'll leave the long-form reviewers write about the rest), was the casting. I found it incredibly cringe-worthy whenever Juliette Binoche was on screen, as if some tan makeup was going to make her Chilean, the Chilean Minister of Mining being a male model in his 20's, but most egregious of all was the godawful choice of Bog Gunton as president of Chile. Really??
We've all seen him in a dozen films and series playing the role of the power-hungry, overly ambitious and morally bankrupt politician, which he's always portrayed adequately but never amazing, but it was an incredible shame to cast him at all, never mind in the role of CHILEAN president!! It would take most viewers right out of the film, and especially make most cinephiles just cringe. I don't know what word would describe it better than that.
All that being said, it's a very enjoyable movie honouring the right kind of human cooperation and national effort. Too bad it was so much of a political stunt, without which opportunity the government of Chile would've let those miners die without batting an eye.
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