Thirteen Lives

7.82 h 29 min2022X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
In the true story of Thirteen Lives, twelve boys and the coach of a Thai soccer team explore the Tham Luang cave when an unexpected rainstorm traps them in a chamber inside the mountain. Entombed behind a maze of flooded cave tunnels, they face impossible odds. A team of world-class divers navigate through miles of dangerous cave networks to discover that finding the boys is only the beginning.
Ron Howard
Viggo MortensenColin FarrellJoel Edgerton
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Tom BatemanPaul GleasonPattrakorn TungsupakulTui Thiraphat SajakulJames Teeradon SupapunpinyoSahajak BoonthanakitWeir Sukollawat Kanaros
Ron HowardCarolyn Marks BlackwoodJason ClothWilliam M. ConnorAaron L. GilbertBrian GrazerJon KuyperMichael LesslieChris LowensteinKaren Lunder
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PauliGMacReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A truly inspirational movie that will tug at every heart string...
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I had only vaguely heard about this story on MSM. It's easy to see why so many famous actors wanted to play a part in this movie. As a Dad & Soldier, there is nothing more honorable than risking your own life to save the lives of children, and this movie restored my faith in humanity. I can't praise this movie enough! Highly surprised I'm the first one to comment on it. Watch this movie... even better, watch this movie with your children and family. But be forewarned, you may all cry tears of joy and relief at the end.
-P. Godfrey, Special Ops Sniper #117, #119th Inf Div, US Army Veteran, and a Dad
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
An extraordinary thriller that’s
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family friendly, respectful of the Thai people and best of all - free of politics!

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have done an exemplary job with this film. This is the stuff movies should be made from. Even tho’ I knew the outcome, I didn’t want to miss one second of what happened on screen. There was nothing sensational, no side romances, family catastrophic events, or any other gimmicks to boost a weak script or lousy acting.

Much credit to the dynamic movie duo, they hired Thai people to play, you guessed it, Thai people! To that end, there are subtitles throughout the entire film mixed with English. While youngsters that can read will enjoy the film a bit more, between the extraordinary cinematography and exciting musical score, non-readers will have no trouble figuring out what’s happening. Underwater filming in the cave, in very tight passageways with stalactites/stalagmites and crazy currents with falling waters had me gasping & gulping along with the rescue divers.

Altho’ most viewers will know the ending at the beginning, very few, myself included, had no idea of all the different ways various experts from around the world tried to save these boys and their coach. It was all shown with humility and respect and a complete sense of “WE” and a singleness of purpose: to get those boys and their coach out alive.

An additional benefit from watching this movie is a small look at the beautiful Thai countryside and a much larger look at their culture. I witnessed a strong, respectful, family oriented people who endured 18 days of what I can only imagine is a parent’s worst nightmare and it was done with dignity rarely seen on US television nightly news.

Thrilling from start to finish, the tension is a slow, constant build that might be too much for very young and sensitive kids. There are a few deaths and injuries, (none of the kids/coach), and the portrayal isn’t graphic or sensational. A few soft expletives happen in heat of the moment situations but no f-bombs or compounding. It’s truly few and far between but this movie shouldn’t be.

THIRTEEN LIVES is the best drama I’ve seen so far this year🍿
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KeviReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's ok. Watch the documentary by NatGeo for a far better experience.
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I didn't mind the movie but it sure does pander to the Thai's. I get it, its about them but I don't understand the need to vilify one of the main people who was instrumental in the rescue. It takes a few liberties here and there in what actually happened but for the vast majority of the movie it does it exactly as it happened. While it tells the story of what transpired, if you are going to make a MOVIE you need to somehow incorporate drama or emotional connections to the people involved and we don't really follow any of the kids stories. They are just there as the vehicle to drive the narrative.
The movie is basically like watching a lesser documentary about the events. Seriously, do yourself a favor and watch the NatGeo version of this as you will appreciate that far more. Then if you want to watch more about it, come watch this movie.
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Z Good GermanReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully shot, Beautifully acted, Expertly directed.
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I remember seeing this story on Al Jazeera and recall quite clearly how the prospects of rescuing the boys and their coach dwindled with each passing day. What I did not know, and what this film made abundantly clear, is the amount of work, technical skill, training and ENDURANCE that went in to this rescue. If you are familiar in the least with caves and the dangers arising from the exploration thereof, you will be in no doubt as to the stamina required for such a feat; "'s a physical dive." WHAT AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

You turn on the television [or computer] and see a story being played out half a world away, and disjointed from reality think "oh well, another sad story", perhaps you pause monetarily to wonder why they were in the cave at all; anesthetized to the human element. Well In true Howard fashion, this film evokes an emotional response. It captures the reality of what the rescue involved technically and incorporates details previously unknown to the public. And, while I typically do not care for memorialization [of events] by motion picture, I found myself cringing and occasionally gasping as the story unfolded. The well-framed shots and underwater footage bring an authenticity uncommon to contemporary film-making.

True: gods of wood and stone cannot see, hear or DO anything. It was not until I learned that the farmers, whose only means of living is in their fields, gave up those fields to divert water from the mountain in a bid to maintain a feasible [water] table that I truly understood the basis for the outcome. The magnitude of the effort involved was enormous. I had been unaware of the extent to which both local and international volunteers had gone to help these young men make it back safely. Their involvement signaled a massive undertaking that would become unequaled in Thailand's history. Still, the most endearing part of the whole ordeal was the love and respect for life; every person of conscience being motivated not by prospect of selfish gain but by service to their fellow man. Here is what it means to love.

Wonderfully shot, Beautifully acted, Expertly directed.
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MaggieReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is definitely a Ron Howard film! Riveting. Grabs you within minutes and doesn't let you go. By the end of it, you're drained from the tension and emotion. I hadn't heard of this rescue and I didn't Google it so I had no idea how the rescue would go. Do yourself a favor and don't "peak", just go with the flow. Great actors and acting. Absolute perfection.
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Lance M KlockReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
In awe of what it took to save the children.
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This movie truly puts you in a front seat view. What it took to save these children was absolutely incredible. The inner strength the divers must have had to mentally overcome the physical obstacles is beyond words I can describe. By the way, kudos to director Ron Howard for using restraint in the making of this movie... no Hollywood cheerleader style, rather a very real-feeling movie which felt like watching real life. I don't think I've ever written a movie review before, but this one demanded it of me. Enjoy movie-making at it's best when you hopefully watch this, and remember to show kindness in life :-)
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Jonathan BaronReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Splendidly Executed and Moving Story
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With the level of detail and accuracy of a documentary, combined with the suspense and sheer drama of a film, this is an outstanding effort that must have been excruciating to create. I knew almost nothing of this story apart from some typically imbecilic remarks made by a too wealthy fool who must have had trouble with his hairpiece that day. Just the superficial details. Boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Massive international effort to rescue them. But I had NO CLUE what it took to make that happen. It required a more amazing effort than I ever could have imagined. Brilliant film, rich in sense of place and culture, meticulously executed. Five Stars easily.
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Elle Shopper LadyReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
There is hope for humanity as long as we can do the good thing like this.
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"Thirteen Lives" is a true story that has all the bells and whistles to reach any audience on earth!

We are citizens of the world and on our way to extra-terrestrial life, so any time we can work together as TEAM EARTH. - we are doing it right.

And this film HELPS. The trapped boys tell their rescuers "we are fine - we are TEAM!" Over and over This story is not just an adventure tale. IT IS US.

I was alone watching this tonight - at the Fourth of July, received my 55-year Red Cross Volunteer pin - snuck in underage at Fort Knox. My whole family likes to help. So the concepts that rule this story really won me.

Fox News focused on our need for a serious refresher course in HUMANITY - we have been getting out of hand and buckling under the sorrows of these covid days, when we need, instead, to pay attention to doing each day with full faith in victory to come, and every day a chance to EARN it!

To say "Well done, Ron Howard" is so feeble, but thank you very much for your part of this production - Please do More - we need it!

All I could think of, as the film credits completed, was "Holy Gary indiana!" my favorite Ron Howard role in "Music Man , he sang the song at age 8. Who else could do such a grand job of this kind of story?

And the photos from the media at Wikpedia look JUST like the scenes in the film - I like it when they stay true to the real thing in telling a true story - the integrity is so important and they did it right.

And of course the heroes were favorites from earlier films, so the viewing was pure pleasure, in spite of being welded to my chair. In a story like that, even knowing the outcome, its gripping to engage in the "moment ot moment" of it. Yikes. God bless you all! Find me if you want to o a watch party.
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