I’m not someone who keeps up on the news and current events very well. But I do remember five years ago when some men were trapped underground in a collapsed mine for many, many days. As the world watched with the miners’ family and friends while people came together to rescue the men, I held my breath along with them.
Now movie-goers can experience the events that happened underground in The 33. Starring Antonia Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Juliette Binoche, this film shows the determination and grit of the residents of this Chilean town as they join together both above and below the collapsed mine to survive. It brings to life the fact these miners, who the world watched come out of the mine one at a time after being trapped for 69 days, had families and friendships. They were real people with real problems—babies on the way, affairs, alchoholism—but when necessary, they band together to survive.
The makers of the film (Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment) did an excellent job inflecting humor once in a while so the movie doesn’t drag the viewers down with the heaviness of the situation. If you’re looking for an uplifting story of hope, friendship, and survival, check this one out in theaters on November 13, 2015.