HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review THE 33 last week, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the PG-13 rated drama playing on HBO. The movie premiered on Saturday, 07.30 at 8:00pm and is still airing across the channels as well as on HBOGo/HBONow.
This movie is based on the real-life event from 2010, when a gold and copper mine in Copiapo, Chile collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. The world was attentive as they wondered if these workers would ever come out alive or be lost in an underground tomb literally of their own making. It stars Antonio Banderas (HBO Original Films: AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA AS HIMSELF), Rodrigo Santoro (WESTWORLD), Lou Diamond Phillips ( guested on ARLI$$ and TALES FROM THE CRYPT), Cote de Pablo, Juliette Binoche and James Brolin. It was directed by Mexican Patricia Riggen and the screenplay was written by Mikko Alanne and Craig Borten.
Also here is what the studio, Warner Bros., had to say about their picture:
In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. 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.
Based on the gripping true story of survival—and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers—“The 33” reveals the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon.
Here is the trailer.
Decide for yourself if you are ready to relive the story of THE 33 and let us know what you thought in the comments below. We leave you with what Rotten Tomatoes thought: