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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.
"The 33" is exactly what you can expect or hope with this story: a tense and uplifting film that puts an unbelievable true story to celluloid.
It's sometimes frustratingly manipulative, but where The 33 goes right, is that even though the sentimentality is laid on pretty thick, it's easy to care about these people
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.
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.
This is a plain biopic that has its heart in the right place but doesn't deliver anything extraordinary.
Mostly aims for easily mined deposits of nerves and heartstrings, rather than the more stubborn, more rewarding veins of character and soul.
It's hard to think of another movie this year that has a stronger message about hope -- or a gentler one about forgiveness.
Thankfully, things do slowly improve, helped by an ensemble cast led, almost inevitably, by Antonio Banderas, and the emotional climax is likely to leave audiences moist-eyed.
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