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The true story of the 2010 collapse of a Chilean mine and the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days.
The 33 offers an appropriately inspirational account of real-life heroism, but its stirring story and solid performances are undermined by a flawed focus and an overreliance on formula.
You may never go down to your basement again without a headlamp and a 10-day food supply.
In trying to breathe life into too many characters, the screenplay transforms them all into thinly-drawn caricatures. In focusing on its feel-good, inspirational ending, it fails to make nearly 2 hours of hardship a worthwhile experience.
The 33 feels perpetually caught between championing this triumph of human spirit and technical innovation over the forces of nature.
If we could unearth these guys from their living tomb, how hard is it to find nonwhite actors to play real people? ... Miner story, major fail.
It's hard to think of another movie this year that has a stronger message about hope -- or a gentler one about forgiveness.
It's a relatively solid outcome for The 33 and sure, it's got its kinks and flaws, but there's enough human drama to warrant a watch.
Mostly aims for easily mined deposits of nerves and heartstrings, rather than the more stubborn, more rewarding veins of character and soul.
You forgive the movie its faults, or most of them, because its heart is firmly in the right place.
It focuses on painting emotion that was there anyway, missing a chance to exploit richer plot elements. As a result it is not as powerful as it might have been.
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