The 33 bravehearts of the brotherhood
It is a true story about 33 miners who were trapped, lets say buried alive by the catastrophic collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper unstable mine for 68 days in San José Chile.
Though a true story and based on the novel ‘Deep Down Dark’ by Héctor Tobar has a beautifully crafted narrative.
The 33 was filmed on location in Chile’s harshly remote yet breathtakingly beautiful Atacama desert just kilometers away from where the event took place, and deep within two mines located in central Colombia.
It opens with the miners a motley crew of family men, drunks and happy go lucky men celebrate the retirement of their loved old colleague.
It is August 5, 2010, and like any other day for the men who worked the San José Mine near Copiapó, Chile. As the 33 miners descended deeper and deeper into the cavernous mine, they could not have imagined the events that would place them at the center of a drama that captivated the entire world.
They enter a mine which is under an unstable mountain which starts shifting thus trapping the 33 men inside the refuge area built at a depth of 2000 feet or 700 meters in the womb of the mountain.
How these men survive on ration which was enough only for 3 days making it last for 17 days with strict rationing, how they live for each other down under with no hope of rescue or survival where as on the top how the mining minister like a lone ranger is fighting the system and odds to get them out.
This film shows for the first time the ordeal of the miners and their brave battle to survive even when faced with the grim reality that help might never reach them. It also reveals the hope and resolve of their families, who did not know if their loved ones were even still alive, but would not let them be forgotten, as well as the determination of the rescuers who surmounted every hurdle in bringing them home.
It is a story of hope in hopeless situation , of keeping faith in oneself and the lord above. It is also about the true grit of all the players involved above and below.
A class acting and touching your heart strings it drains you emotionall and that too without going over the top, a great piece of work which brings the true events back to life with a story told as it is.
Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.
A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.
It was a miracle for the miners and their families and a victory for the Chilean government and the international team of rescuers. But there was much more to their inspiring story yet to be told.
This movie is about being trapped and alone and facing death, but it is equally about having faith and, in a way, coming back to life. It’s about rebirth and the strength of the human spirit and so much more.
An inspiration for humanking, the reaffirmation of the leader of the pack MARIO, “They’ll dig us out. If they don’t our families will, with their bare hands if it’s necessary. I believe we’ll make it out of here because I choose to believe it. All 33 of us!”
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Juan Pablo Raba
Kate del Castillo
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Production companies – Alcon Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures, 360 Films
Directed by Patricia Riggen
Produced by Robert Katz, Edward McGurn, Mike Medavoy
Screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, Michael Thomas
Story by José Rivera
Based on the book – Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar
Music by James Horner
Cinematography – Checco Varese
Edited by Michael Tronick
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