The 33 (2015): Victory of will and perseverance

What is it about?

33 Chilean miners are trapped in a mine, deep below the surface. The mine was unsafe but they were still forced to work in it. Of course, the mine collapses and they are stuck in it. The fact that not a single miner got alive out of a collapsed mine doesn’t give them much hope.

They only have three days worth of food and water and they are hundreds of meters below the surface. The people on the outside are doing their best, but it’s fucking hard. What follows is a true story of never giving up.

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    It’s not exactly a kid’s movie, but it’s not that horrible for kids either, but I doubt it will be entertaining enough for them. You know how kids are.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?


  • For what age and gender is it intended?

    For anyone who likes a victorious story based on true events.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    No, this is not a comedy.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?


  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Never give up. Never!

  • Is it based on something?

    It’s based on a real event that happened in Chile in 2010.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

    Not really. It’s a great story and a quality movie, but there’s nothing classic or legendary about it.

Similar movies like “The 33”?

For more survival movies check “Apollo 13”, “Grey”, “Castaway”, “127 Hours”, and “Into the Wild”.

Judgment time!

Many people from all over the world complained about the fact that the movie is in English and made in cooperation with the US. “Why did it had to be in English?”, they asked. There was a response from some dude from Chile who said that it was necessary for the movie to be in English so it can reach a wider audience. But still, they weren’t happy. “Can’t Chile make its own movie, in Spanish?” And the Chilean dude’s answer was perfect: “Well, Chile DID make a movie about the 33 miners, and it WAS in Spanish. You know why you never heard of it? Because it was made in Chile and it was in Spanish!”

Game, set, and fucking match! You see, barely anyone outside Chile watches Chilean movies. Try to remember when was the last time you watched a Chilean movie? Yeah, I can’t remember either. Even though there are many non-English speaking movies that acquired world fame, Chilean movies are not among them as far as I know.

Look at this IMDB list of best Chilean movies and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The entire list of 19 movies has less than 50,000 votes in total. 90% of people living outside of Chile have probably never heard about a single movie from that list. So get over yourself.

That being said, the movie bombed hard so I guess the international version didn’t cut it either. Although, I don’t know why. The acting was good, and the script closely followed true events. You could feel the desperation of the miners and their families. The struggle of the miners and their inner dissent  was depicted astutely. Throughout the entire movie, I kept thinking about what would do in this or that situation. I give it 7/10.


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