On August 5th, 2010, a grand total of 33 miners were victimized when the 121-year-old San Jose copper-gold mine located in the Atacama Desert (north of the the regional capital of Copiapo in Northern Chile) collapsed, trapping all 33 Chilean men inside. Climactically, all 33 miners spent weeks deep underground, with little food and water at their disposal, and disparate levels of experience among the individuals who found themselves in such a seemingly hopeless predicament.
The 33, the new American-Chilean survival-drama about the 2010 mining disaster, was directed by Patricia Riggen (Girl in Progress) and is based on Hector Tobar’s book “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free”. Unsurprisingly, the movie is being promoted as a gripping feature film based on the real life event.
In the trailer featured above, the 2010 mining disaster depicted as fiction (in what appears to be an outright melodrama) looks to find much of its narrative focus in the Chilean miners’ story from deep underground. With a cast boasting such feature film heavy weights as Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, and Gabriel Byrne, The 33 appears to be a heightened, personal drama, with little overt politicizing (on behalf of its American distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures).
Banderas (who stars as one of the central protagonists trapped underground) is a good casting call, as the Spanish born Hollywood star should breathe a certain believability into the exotic locale and story for American audiences looking for a familiar face. What’s more, signing on Riggen (a relatively unknown Mexican director) is an interesting choice, as it should allow for a perspective largely dissimilar from that of your typical American drama about foreign interest events (as they are depicted on the big screen).
Given the fact that the events featured in The 33 are still so historically contemporaneous, Warner Bros. Pictures might just have a potentially popular Fall 2015 release on its hands, provided enough moviegoers are willing to go to see the film (with a cast composed largely of relatively unknown faces). It’s unclear what angle Riggen is trying to take from this first trailer alone, but the performances seen so far seem compelling and emotionally felt.
The subject matter of The 33 will be more interesting to some filmgoers than others, but the combination of intriguing recent real-world events and an interesting choice in filmmaker makes this one film worth keeping an eye out for.
The 33 will open in U.S. theaters on November 13th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures