Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Review: 'The 33,' Fact-Based Film about Trapped Miners, Lacks Depth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Review: 'The 33,' Fact-Based Film about Trapped Miners, Lacks Depth

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On an August day in 2010, a group of Chilean miners hop on a truck that takes them 2,000 feet underground. Their goal: to dig out gold, despite heat that exceeds 90 degrees and the absence of sunlight. The job may not be pleasant the physical demands are strenuous but it's what they do.

With flashlights on their helmets, the men go about their work. But they're kept in the dark about things considered above their pay grade, including the stability of the mine.

Their shift supervisor, Don Lucho (Lou Diamond Phillips), does what he can to keep them safe. But their true leader is Mario Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas), the kind of guy who's not only good in a tight spot but seems to relish the opportunity to spring into action.

Sepulveda gets to prove himself when the mine collapses, trapping the men and threatening their survival. But Lucho cautions that hasty measures may be counterproductive.

As days turn into weeks and the world watches, the men find that their most precious resource is hope. …

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