The Mining Disaster That Captured The World's Attention In 2010 (by virek213)
For sixty-nine days in the summer and autumn of 2010, the world was transfixed by a human-interest story like few others in history. It involved the plight of thirty-three mineworkers trapped inside an unstable mountain mine in the Atacama Desert in the southern part of Chile. During what appeared to be a routine mining operation some two thousand feet below the desert surface on August 5, 2010, the mountain started shifting very violently, trapping these workers in a shelter, blocked by a mass of rock twice the size of New York's Empire State Building. With three days worth of rations, <more>
the miners managed to survive an extra two weeks before massive drills managed to reach them with additional supplies. But during that time, it was necessary to engage in a very careful rescue operation that took an additional seven and a half weeks; and it involved a great deal of risk. Utilizing a Phoenix rescue capsule designed in the U.S., the multi-national rescue operation resulted in all thirty-three men coming out of there alive on October 13th, some in very bad shape, but all in one piece, physically anyway. This is the story told in the 2015 movie THE 33.Well directed by Patricia Riggen, a Mexican-born female director whose credits include 2007's UNDER THE SAME MOON, THE 33 stars Antonio Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips as the principal leaders of the miners who find themselves trapped in that mountain, literally between a rock and a hard place, and a Chilean mining company and government that seem unwilling to believe that any of them are alive. The claustrophobic nature of the saga is very well depicted by Riggen, and give the added gravitas by the largely Latin American cast that portray the miners, including Banderas and Phillips. A fair amount of this film was made on location not far from the actual mine itself, in Copiapo, Chile; and the remoteness is photographed with the utmost stark reality imaginable. Riggen also depicts the kind of international media attention that the story got, and how the families and wives of the miners, including Juliette Binoche, who portrays the wife of miner Dario Segovia, played in the film by Juan Pablo Rada, angrily pressed the case for the Chilean government to do more, even to the point of asking for help from outside sources, including an American mining and drilling expert portrayed by James Brolin. Gabriel Byrne and Rodrigo Santoro portray the government officials charged with finding a way of drilling down to the miners without making the mountain even more unstable than it already is, and thus guaranteeing a cave-in that would make rescue impossible.While it may be easy to portray the Chilean mine disaster depicted in THE 33 as an example of corporate malfeasance that had nearly fatal results, that socio-political aspect is not really discussed in the film, although when the end credits featuring the real life miners roll, the end title card indicates that the mining company never compensated the miners for their nearly ten weeks of psychological and spiritual horror in essence, they got the Shaft, so to speak . The film, however, does go to great lengths to depict the aforementioned psychological and spiritual horror they went through, including a subtle hint that, unless food was sent down to them, they might resort to cannibalism if any of them died off in that hellhole, where temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit the entire time. Even without this hint, though, the film that THE 33 most closely resembles is 1993's ALIVE, which depicted the survivors of the 1972 Andean plane crash whose survival did partially depend on cannibalism; it also resembles the equally compelling true-life 1995 space saga APOLLO 13. Another aspect well depicted is how transfixed the international media, including every news outlet in the United States, covered this story in a way that, given how tabloid-focused it had become by then, was largely tasteful, though also suitably dramatic.The whole enterprise is topped off by an appropriate, somber, and Andean-flavored score by James Horner, which turned out to be one of the last film scores he worked on before he perished in a plane crash in Ventura County, California on June 22, 2015. Despite the fairly leisurely pace some would, mistakenly in my opinion, call it slow , THE 33, like ALIVE and APOLLO 13, is done in the right way, avoiding spectacle most of the time, using CGI only when necessary, and steering clear of sensationalism. As such, it will likely count as one of the best movies of 2015.
such a heartfelt story beyond human comprehension (by kaylainthewind-402-872895)
Are the miners and their families who were trapped and impacted receiving any money from the profits of this film? Were any of the minors involved in the filmmaking either as crew or actors as recompense for what they went through? Were the men and\or their families part of the story. As in were they consulted and if so were they compensated? Have they seen the film and what are their reactions? Are they're lives still be impacted by the cave-in or does the money from the film help them in positive ways. As in, do they have enough food, shelter and can their kids attend school? Did they <more>
receive counselling provided by the company they worked for? Did the company who ran this mining operation receive money from the producers for making this film?
A story about never losing hope. (by DarkVulcan29)
Based on a true story, in 2010 33 minor workers became trapped underground. while trying to keep there sanity, and not turn on each other. Also there families and drillers who are never giving up, and will stop at nothing to bring them to safety.Anybody would hate to imagine what would be like in the 33 men's shoes, and there families. Wondering if you are gonna get out alive, it's was a very situation. Trying to stay strong, and keeping the faith. Performances where good, nobody really stands, also very well shot. Parts it does not feel like a movie, it feels very real. A very well <more>
made film, that will make you feel happy feel happy about life.
"The 33" is a true story dramatically and compellingly told. (by dave-mcclain)
Mining is a dangerous business. Going deep underground to dig minerals out of the earth means subjecting yourself to extreme heat, back-breaking work and the inhalation of dust that can lead to the pulmonary disease of silicosis. If none of these kill you slowly, the mine itself can kill you quickly and without warning. Miners die from accidents caused by their equipment, gas leaks and explosions and, of course, sudden collapses of the rock surrounding them. All told, this difficult work kills thousands of miners every year as many as 12,000 by one count . These facts and statistics are <more>
brought to life in the true story of the 2010 Chilean copper-gold mine collapse portrayed in the drama "The 33" PG-13, 2:07 .The film opens with a retirement party for one miner who is about to complete 45 years of service to the private company that owns and operates the San José mine near Copiapó, Chile. Several of his long-time co-workers are at the party with their families. Their is shift foreman Luis "Don Lucho" Urzúa Lou Diamond Phillips , experienced miner and natural leader Mario Sepúlveda Antonio Banderas , father-to-be Álex Vega Mario Casas and Elvis Presley-loving miner Edison Peña Jacob Vargas , among others.On the morning of August 5, 2010, these men took the long and winding truck ride three miles into the mine, completely unaware that they were about to become victims of one of the worst mining disasters in Chile's history. Luis saw it coming, but the safety concerns that he expressed to the mine's manager went unheeded. That afternoon, a rock the height of the Empire State Building and the width of two of them fell into the mine, trapping 33 men inside. Seeing the devastating cave-in and its effects on the men and their surroundings, it seems like a miracle that none of the 33 died in the initial collapse. Although some would say that the real miracle would be if no one died in mining accidents, or at least if this collapse had occurred during off-duty hours, rather than the miners having to get trapped and suffer, while their families waited in agony for news about the fate of their loved ones.It was those families who became the impetus for a full-on rescue attempt. Although Chile's President Bob Gunton is reluctant to get his government involved with an accident at a privately-owned mine, his new Minister of Mining, Laurence Golborne Rodrigo Santoro convinces President Piñera to let him go to the site and see what he can do. The families, led by María Segovia Juliette Binoche , the estranged sister of trapped miner Darío Segovia Juan Pablo Raba , had gathered outside the locked gates of the mining complex. These siblings, wives, mothers, fathers and friends demanded action, and action they got. In spite of the prevailing opinion that the miners were probably dead or would die long before they could be rescued, Minister Golborne brings in heavy-duty drills and works with renowned mining expert André Sougarret Gabriel Byrne to try and reach the miners before it's too late. Meanwhile, the miners ration food and try to keep each other's spirits up, even as several of them fight and suffer from various medical conditions, as hope fades that they will ever see their families again."The 33" is exceptional. Based on the book "Deep Down Dark" by Héctor Tobar, the film version takes few liberties with the facts and fashions a very compelling narrative. The screenplay succinctly, but effectively sets the stage and develops its characters – both above and below ground. We feel the desperation of both the miners and their families. As the miners' story unfolds, concurrently with that of their families and those attempting to rescue them, Patricia Riggens directs with great pacing which is helped by nearly perfect editing . She also gets great performances from her cast and blends the talents and experience of well-known and little-known actors wonderfully. Although the movie did drag a little as it neared its dramatic conclusion, this is a film which tells its story with drama, sensitivity and even some humor and makes it relatable to anyone who ever came to the aid of someone in trouble. "A"
The movie fills you with hope and shows what humans can do when their backs are against the wall. (by cosmo_tiger)
"That's not a rock. That's the heart of the mountain. She finally broke." August 5, 2010 started out like any other day. Mario Banderas and 32 other miners headed down in a mountain looking for gold. While they are underground the unthinkable happens. Now, with only enough food and water for 30 people for 3 days the 33 trapped miners must ban together and fight in order to survive long enough to be rescued. This is a difficult movie to make emotional. The subject matter lends itself to it, but this only happened 6 years ago and most people remember the events and the <more>
outcome. The fact that most people know how this will turn out is a hard thing to overcome. This movie did that and more. The movie was tense, emotional and really sucks you in. You are on the edge of your seat almost the entire time and you actually forget you know how it will turn out. That is a tremendous thing for a movie to pull off. This is a great movie for all ages and I recommend this. The movie fills you with hope and shows what humans can do when their backs are against the wall. Overall, one of the best movies of the year. I highly recommend this. I give this an A-.
Great based on true events movie, that doesn't take too many liberties. (by wesleyjnixon)
I don't know if there can be spoilers for a movie that is based on true events, but I'll steer clear of giving too much info, just to be safe.The 33 is based on the 2010 Copiapó mine incident. The mine is 100 years in the making, and more than 2,300 feet deep. When a boulder twice the mass of the Empire States Building shifts, the mine collapses, trapping 33 men half a mile underground the ground. They only have 3 days worth of food and water.The mine is owned by a private company, and they don't begin to have the resources to dig the men out. When the Chilean government gets <more>
word of the incident, they try to come to the rescue. They quickly find that there is a reason it's taken 100 years for the miners to dig as deep they had.When they drill a small hole to the stranded miners, and find that the 33 men are still alive, the world takes interest in their plight, and several countries rush to rescue the stranded men.I loved this movie because most "based on true events" movies take too many liberties with the story in and attempt to thrill the audience, deviating so for from the truth that the whole movie might as well have been fake. Patricia Reggin handles this very well by focusing, instead, on the human aspect of the crises. There are a few 'edge of your seat' moments, but the true genius behind the film is the focus on very real problem of having 33 men trapped in a confined space when tempers are resting on a knife's edge.
We all remember five years ago when the story of 33 miners trapped 700 meters underground caught the world by storm. Everyone was asking: Are they alive? How are they going to make it out of there?. I think there's no need to say how it ended. Since then we've gotten tons of news announcing a big budget film about San José's rescue. The thing everyone's asking right know is: Is it any good? First things first: Patricia Riggen. Her direction is absolutely brilliant, managing to alternate between tense and emotional scenes almost perfectly. The acting as well is outstanding, <more>
with Antonio Banderas Mario Sepúlveda and Rodrigo Santoro Laurence Golborne being the most notable. Also, Cote De Pablo Jessica Salgado brings a big emotional push into the movie with a beautiful interpretation of "Gracias a la Vida" by Violeta Parra. Juliette Binoche María Segovia was also very good. In general, every actor and actress in this movie gave a solid performance. The screenplay is very well written, giving the characters a lot of development and personality. The soundtrack Composed by James Horner is also very good, mixing chilean instruments with big orchestra compositions that fit the movie perfectly. The CGI is OK, nothing groundbreaking, but it gets the job done.It's not a faultless film though, it has it's flaws. The are times when the movie loses it's pace and gets slow. Also, the editing, being mostly very good, it's evident that there where scenes in the movie that were cut from the final product, an issue that can leave some viewers confused. There's a little bit of shaky cam as well, not a big complain, but it can get very disorienting at times.Overall, even if it's not perfect, it's still a great movie that succeeds at telling the story of the 33 miners. Hopeful and inspiring, it's worth watching at least once.8.4/10
Sometimes in life you come across stories that are so intense and complex they are worth being immortalized on film. And the 2010 Copiapó mining incident in Chile is as intense as it gets.All of the sudden, everyone back then got out of their routine and turned their attention to Chile, where this surreal situation of 33 souls trapped 700m deep in the entrails of a very unsafe mine. Were they alive? How many survived? If they managed to, are they well? And, above all, could they be rescued?As the days passed, each one of these questions were answered in a miraculous way: against all odds, <more>
that note determinedly handwritten in bold red defied circumstances and extolled hope: "Estamos bien en el refugio, los 33". Fueled by this motivation sparked from underground, an entire country -with the whole world watching- began the war against the clock, with the clear resolution of getting them to the surface, and reunite with their families.This film brilliantly captures every single of those moments, with the precise amount of drama. Great performances from the actors, the cast delivers every single emotion convincingly, notably the actresses, Banderas, Santoro and Raba, who successfully connect with the viewer. The atmosphere is also claustrophobic, aided by the sound editing, that helps the audience feel right there, trapped beneath rocks. Some side-stories help to give context to the story, and even balance it with humorous moments. It is a roller coaster of emotions that, despite possibly knowing how it all ended, keeps you at the edge of your seat.Perhaps its only downside -which is an important one for me- is the film editing. Some scenes appear to end abruptly. A major principle in drama is that you must leave some time for the spectator to process the emotion you have just conveyed. For moments, there's no transition: you get shocked by a sensitive scene, only to be immediately swept by a funny one. And even worse, transitions between scenes taking place in the refugee and the surface are not as smooth as you'd want, given the obvious difference in lighting, even leading in one occasion to me being left almost blinded after a cave scene cuts inadvertently to a bright sky. These aspects should have been taken into account and prevented. It's a shame they didn't have the tact to consider this while editing the film.All and all, it's a great real-life drama movie. You will be touched by the performances and the overall atmosphere, if you do not let yourself be distracted by the graceless editing. But it's greatly scripted and directed. The final scene, with the inspector of the mine breaking in tears while looking at the inscription the miners left on the bedrock summarizes the tragedy perfectly. And showing on screen the real characters of the story who also worked on film production as well right before the credits roll was a very nice touch.
maturity gets you everywhere (by katiefanatic-791-306918)
when i first found out about this film, and did some research, i was shocked to find out all 33 miners survived for a couple of reasons. first, the obvious. the conditions were not ideal, the constant falling of the mountain could have any miner at any time. secondly, 69 days in 90 degree conditions can bring on so many illnesses. 3rdly, the mental impact it must have taken on those men. you would have though they would have killed each other down there. that they didn't is a testament to their leader Banderas who lead everything in an organized fashion. yes, tensions run high but he <more>
was fair and that is why the men are still so close today. really amazing movie about hope. highly recommended. my only beef hence the 8 stars is some of the casting. Lou diamond Phillips is Filipino, not Latino and needs to stop being cast as such. similarly, Juliette binoche? really? a french actress as a Hispanic. they really missed the ball on that. otherwise, wonderfully emotional film.