Leah Greenblatt
November 16, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

The 33

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
126 minutes
release date
10/09/15
Limited Release Date
10/09/15
Wide Release Date
10/09/15
performer
Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Cote de Pablo
director
Patricia Riggen
genre
Biography, Drama, History

We gave it a B-

The remarkable real-life story of the Copiapó collapse–the Chilean mining disaster that trapped 33 men more than 2,000 feet underground for 69 days in 2010–is adapted for the screen, with rocky results. Director Patricia Riggen corrals a sprawling international cast (Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne) and captures the event itself with harrowing visual impact; you may never go down to your basement again without a headlamp and a 10-day food supply. But the choice to shoot it all in English feels like an unfortunate bow to marketing demands, and the imperative to cover so many characters leaves little room for nuance. An inspired fantasy sequence midway through hints at the more intriguing movie The 33 might have been; instead, its tragedy-to-triumph narrative aims mostly for width, not depth. B-

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