THIRTEEN LIVES is a compelling and insanely intense film based on facts that occurred in 2018. The Thailand soccer team and their coach became trapped in the Tham Luang Caves. A freak monsoon-like rainstorm made it impossible for the 12 boys and one adult to escape the rising waters. 

This story became international news. The world wanted to rescue these boys before it was too late. It was a global effort by 17 countries that wanted to send help. Two British volunteers, world-renowned cave divers, made all the difference between life and death. Richard (Viggo Mortensen), and John (Colin Farrel), would not give up trying to save these children. 

It is a fantastic story of perseverance, determination, and “heart” by Director Ron Howard. He leads the viewers through every hazardous turn. I am still trying to wrap my head around how realistic and precise it was filmed. Most of the action scenes are in these dark, cavernous waters. Passageways were so tight and fraught with dangerous currents. This movie could have gotten bogged down as well, but instead, it held the viewers’ attention through pacing, timing, and accuracy, The time stamp on the screen as the days passed also added to the mounting tension. 

I loved the “push and pull” discussions among all the divers, the Governor, the parents, and the entire community, which included the deeply religious sector. Even though so much of the movie had English captions, we innately understood the fear and sheer terror everyone was feeling. It was a stunning feat to get all of it right. I was on the edge of my seat watching even though I knew the outcome. So when you watch THIRTEEN LIVES, know you are in Ron Howard’s skillful, story-telling hands. 

THIRTEEN LIVES is a reenactment of a miraculous event. It will sweep you and your imagination away. It will move you to tears and have you jumping up and down with joy. THIRTEEN LIVES is must-see tv. It represents what the world can do when everyone works together towards a common goal. It is a “thank you” to all those who were there, and the words are filled with love and gratitude. 

THIRTEEN LIVES is available to stream on AMAZON PRIME. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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