The 33 (2015)

On August 5, 2010, disaster occurred and a coal mine collapsed in Chile trapping 33 men many meters underground. With almost 2,000 feet of rock standing in their way to the exit, the miners have to do whatever it takes in order for them to survive. A major problem with this is that they only have a few days worth of food to make it, even if they can somehow make it last longer than a week. The family members of the miners want answers and want to see this fathers, husbands and brothers rescued. Nothing is being done for a few days and finally someone steps in to help. Minister Laurence Golborne (Rodrigo Santoro), decides to get drills in the ground and find these miners and save them from dying. It will be hard to find them in the limited time they have, so this will be an incredibly tough task.

Everybody knows the story about when this was taking place back in 2010. For what tells a great story and should have been a great movie, I found myself running into a lot of problems with this. It’s really difficult to sit here and bash this movie because the story is so great and inspiring. The main issue with this movie is that it is never great. I really just thought the whole entire movie was boring and quite long. I really wanted to like this movie, but I could not find myself being interested, intrigued, or even inspired for that matter. For a movie that has its heart in the right place, I don’t think there should be a reason to see something that is nothing more than an alright movie. The 33 tried so hard to get you to like this movie, but I could not help myself from leaving without a sense of disappointment.

The acting in this movie is another place where I ran into many problems. Not to say that the acting was bad by any means, but I don’t particularly agree with the casting. It was pretty rough to hear people try do put on these ridiculous Chilean accents. Most of the time, it just did not work for them. All the actors in this movie really gave it their all and wanted to show their skills, but sadly they were not able to impress us all that much. Everybody who acted in this movie just really gave some poor portrayals of the Chilean miners. Despite his poor accent, I will say that Antonio Banderas gave a really good performance and I was really happy with the way he turned out in this movie. With the exception of Banderas, the acting overall was just nothing to really get hype about.

The events of The 33 seem way to recent to be able to make a movie already. That is my biggest issue with this movie. This event that took place with the miners is something that everybody knows about and can tell you the outcome for these men. I feel like this would be appropriate to make in another 10 years or so. Now just seems like way too early and it really showed throughout the film. There was hardly ever any tension or anything to get your heart racing because you know what the outcome is. This movie is not a total disaster, but there is something to be somewhat excited about with The 33 because it does truly have its heart in the right place and that clearly shows. I just wish we were able to see more from this and the cast would have been different. This is a film that there is no need to rush to theaters for.

Overall, The 33 can at times be somewhat interesting, but there are just too many problems with this film for it to be one that is memorable or even fully enjoyable. With a mediocre cast and an ending you already know, The 33 does not do much to try to impress us.

Grade= C


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