Thirteen Lives


Review: Recounts the incredible true story of the tremendous global effort to rescue a group of young boys and their soccer coach who become trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand during an unexpected rainstorm.
Director: Ron Howard
Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman, Paul Gleeson, Girati Sugiyama and Teeradon Supapunpinyo
Year: 2022
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography and Drama
Conclusion: 5/5
I have to say that even though I knew how the story was going to end I was still gripped to the sofa. I thought this was such a tense film. Ron Howard also directed Apollo 13 (1995) in his early directing years. Whether he likes the number 13 I don’t know but interesting that they are both based on a true story. I was totally impressed with Coin Farrell’s acting and thought he was amazing. I also thought that Viggo Mortensen was very good. Both totally believable. It was Viggo Mortensen who approached Ron Howard and suggested that he (Mortensen) and Colin Farrell do their own diving stunts rather than doubles for the film. I loved the script and thought it was really well written and thought out. For example, I loved the story about the Custard Cream biscuits especially when you are on holiday you can just crave a nice English or familiar biscuit! I just thought it was a very human thing to add and to put in. Even though this film stands in at 2hours 27mins I did not feel at any stage of the film that it was dragging. There was not a single moment where I looked at the time. I found it to be a very moving film.


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