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THE 33

What to know: Discover the miraculous true story of 33 rescued miners.
Recommended age 10-18
127 minutes
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This live-action feature film directed by the Patricia Riggen is truly inspirational and I love it! The 33 is based on the true story of the 2010 Chilean San Jose mine collapse and the 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet below ground. This movie is so suspenseful because it connects the audience to the characters and I did not want to see any of them die.

This movie taught me that you should be hopeful and not think the worst even when it seems hopeless. The miners kept up hope that they are going to be rescued even though they only have 14 cans of tuna to split between them for an unknown period of time. This film also shows the importance of team-work because, without it, they would all perish.

Antonio Banderas really steps out of his typical roles and his rendition of Mario Sepulveda is truly outstanding! He really transforms into a Chilean miner and he is a true leader among the miners. Another stand out actor is Rodrigo Santoro who plays Laurence Golborne, Minister of Mining for the Chilean President. He is caring, loving and compassionate and does an outstanding job making me believe that he really cares about these men trapped in the mine. He does everything in his power to make sure that the miners stay alive and pulls together mining teams from across the world to drill into the ground in hopes of saving the miners. Josh Brolin plays the role of Jeff Hart, one of the miners sent from the U.S.A. who eventually succeeds in drilling a hole large enough to send in a body cage for the miners.

The target audience for this film is anyone who enjoys adventure and suspenseful movies. I recommend this movie for ages 10 to 18 because this isn't gory or a violent movie, but it is suspenseful. This movie is good for kids because it makes you learn what the lifestyle of a miner in Chile is like. Everyday, they face life or death situations such as this one.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it made me feel like I was there every step of the way. As the miners said, "All we have is family." The love of family, teamwork and hope brought these 33 men back from the depths of despair. You will be cheering from your seat! Come see this outstanding film when it opens nationwide on November 14!

Reviewed by Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.
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