Courage runs deep.
Follows the rescue of a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave for 16 days.
Follows the rescue of a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave for 16 days.
Jim Warny Thanet Natisri John Volanthen Derek Anderson Rick Stanton Mikko Paasi Richard Harris Josh Morris Mitch Torrel Craig Challen Ruengrit Changkwanyuen Josh Bratchley Jason Mallinson Connor Roe Fiona Harris Ben Svasti Thomson Chris Jewell Felix Rosen Saman Gunan Vern Unsworth Rob Harper Bhak Loharjun Surathin Chaichoomphu Natnadai Bradwell Singhanat Losuya Waleeporn Gunan Bobby Trarewaxe Somsak Kanakam Tiger Hirankrit Show All…
Michael De Luca Dana Brunetti Bob Eisenhardt John Battsek Andrew Ruhemann Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Michael Lesslie Marie Savare Jimmy Chin Carolyn Bernstein P.J. van Sandwijk Matt Delpiano Anna Barnes Thanet Natisri Santipong Changpauk Callie Barlow Kevin Macdonald
As I was walking out of the theater I heard someone say the experience was like looking in the face of God, and i think that devalues it – this is pure human determination and achievement. People insistent on doing the right thing because it is right, facing mortal danger and fear head on, fully aware of the potential consequences and persevering because it must be done and it's the right thing to do. It's fascinating how far we'll go to prove our insecurities wrong.
All I could think about for the first half was how much one of the divers looks like Blofeld, and then he mentioned James Bond so my life is complete.
”We now had two ticking clocks,
the oxygen and the weather.”
I went into this doc from the directors of the excellent Free Solo fully expecting it to be mildly interesting…. I was NOT expecting it to be so intensely nerve-racking and emotionally stressful.
That puts this filmmaking team at two for two!
Now, please excuse me as I attempt to hopelessly defend myself from this evening’s inevitable nightmares…
”I’ve been to big incidents, I’ve seen chaos… but not to this scale.”
I feel so lucky to have seen this in a theater! It feels like such an intimate yet riveting look into such an awful tragedy that brought the world together. Everyone involved has overflowing courage but those kids’ braveness? Man. Brava, Nat Geo!
A calculated miracle. The determined urge to persevere until all resources have been exhausted. Thorough logistical planning, engineering, and compassion became the willpower which was initially sparked from pure benevolence. I was emotionally moved by this, to say the least. None of the self-sacrificial commitments go unnoticed in this documentary. You can feel the anxious responsibility projected onto the cave divers especially; they flew into Thailand mostly because of their awareness that they’re the only few people in the world who have honed the skills of such an audacious hobby. There’s so much weight to this story, and the meticulous editing between the raw footage and reenactment scenes never takes you away from the realism where time is the enemy.
“The Rescue” is first and foremost a riveting, immersive, stomach-in-your-throat documentary about the youth soccer team who were trapped deep within a flooded cave in Northern Thailand during the summer of 2018. “Free Solo” filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin — further cementing their reputation as rock stars of the extreme non-fiction cinema scene with their most absorbing and ingeniously crafted stress-fest to date — so intimately embed us with the ragtag team of cave divers who attempted the impossible that we feel worthy of a medal just for watching them do it.
And yet, the documentary’s ample suspense is never so overwhelming that it obscures this story’s poignant sentiment, nor is the selfless heroism on display so overwrought…
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Ps. Primera película a la que le doy 5 estrellas desde hace casi dos años. La última fue Uncut Gems.
Ps. 2 Nvm
(Me refiero a estrenos)
In 2022 we are getting a narrative feature called Thirteen Lives based on the subject of this documentary. The cast includes Colin Farrell, Vigo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton. That’s a pretty good cast. What gives me pause is director Ron Howard. He’s going to have to make a hell of a film to compete with directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s film. It’s such a moving and compelling story that doesn’t need any added sentimentality.
A Herculean effort of cooperation and expertise to save the lives of 12 boys and their coach. A few years ago Free Solo was much lauded and while I appreciated it on a technical level I didn’t find the subject interesting. I had no such…
Responsible for maybe the single most overrated documentary of the past 5 years, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin follow up Free Solo with a far more investing story about perseverance and solidarity in the face of hopeless circumstances. That description may undersell The Rescue as a standard recounting of a…well, a rescue, but the fact that all the mounting obstacles facing a 2018 effort to recover a group of young Thai soccer players from a flooded cave system actually occurred makes every viewer understand, much like the subjects of the film itself, that each breath counts.
The incredibly immersive filmmaking that gave Free Solo its edge is present here, except the expansive, mountainous views are traded in for the claustrophobic,…
Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai have done it again! THE RESCUE is a thrilling & ambitious undertaking to capture the herculean effort it took to rescue 12 young soccer boys & their coach in a Thai underwater cave. Emotional, surprisingly funny & inspirational. Better than FREE SOLO!
Such an achievement of cinematography, editing, and direction. This is a very captivating, straight-forward doc that will appeal to most audiences, but I was just amazed watching this and thinking about how the hell they made it. It really felt as if this footage was all real, from the moment of; some of it is, but the recreations are so expertly woven in with the narration that it works seamlessly. I cannot imagine filming in a dark, flooded cave can be even remotely easy, so for this to look as good as it does and be so clear to follow is fantastic. This footage really brings the film together and gives it such a sense of immediacy.
The film works…
Purely, just an incredible story and worth the watch for that reason alone.
Degrees of Kevin Bacon: 3
Prince William (archive footage) and Meghan Markle are in-laws.
Meghan Markle and Rose Byrne in Get Him to the Greek
Rose Byrne and Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class
Engrossing, propulsive, nerve-racking, and straight down the middle, technique wise. It’ll probably get dinged for that last part a bunch, especially as it gains Oscar momentum, but with a subject this compelling and heroes who are idiosyncratically charismatic (not to mention hilariously prickly), it’s tough not to get totally wrapped up in this very human story of people coming together to pull off an impossible feat of bravery. Plus, it turns into the non-fiction equivalent of a Tony Scott movie for like 40 minutes in the back half, so anyone who tries to completely shrug it off due to the impending hype machine can seriously eat shit.