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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M. OlesonReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
A close up and personal look at the famous cave rescue from 2018
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Unless you are too young or a hermit, you probably remember the worldwide coverage of the boys soccer team that was trapped in a huge Thai cave in 2018. Trapped because of an early monsoon season that flooded the cave. Director Ron Howard (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”) takes us on a 2 ½ hour journey that feels almost a little too close for comfort.

It begins with a local team of young teens completing practice but deciding to head over to the Tham Luang cave for a little fun. Granted, it’s hard for me to think that after a hard practice, cave exploring is what I would want to do. But I’m not 14. It all seems OK, but an unforeseen storm drops torrential rain into the cave and the surrounding area.

The parents of the boys quickly realize that their sons are in the cave and are in danger of drowning unless they are quickly rescued. It takes time for rescue workers, consisting primarily of a unit of Thai’s SEAL team, to get there as the cave is located in far northern Thailand. But they have to turn back before reaching the boys and their young coach. Primarily because they couldn’t see in the water.

An international call brings numerous potential rescuers to the area for many countries including Rick Stanton (Viggo Mortensen) and John Volanthen (Colin Farrell) from the U. K. They are grizzled veterans of cave rescues, especially involving flooding. By the time they enter the cave, the boys have been there 2-weeks without food or fresh water. Surprisingly they reach the team about a mile and a half from the cave entrance and the boys are alive. They had managed to climb to an elevated shelf where they await rescue.

Even with experienced rescue workers, the question remains as to how to extricate the boys through the long underwater trip back to safety. Two more friends, Jason Mallinson (Paul Gleeson) and Chris Jewell (Tom Bateman) are brought in while the Seal team ferry food to the boys. Stanton comes up with a plan, but it will require another recruit, Dr. Harry Harris, an experience diver and anesthesiologist. After looking at the options, the plan consists of knocking out the boys and maneuvering them through the flooded cave tunnels with an experienced diver towing or pushing them in their wet suits and oxygen tanks.

So, yes, if you are claustrophobic or have a fear of water, darkness or caves, you might want to sit this one out. It is very realistic. A lot of the scenes are shot underwater and there are more than a couple times when things get iffy. Howard takes his time with each of the boys which of course, adds to the film's length. The film was shot on location in Thailand and in Australia and has some white-knuckle moments, even if you know the outcome. According to the epilog over 5000 volunteers worked on the rescue. According to Wikipedia and others it was twice that. Many countries sent volunteers and specialists from the military, but Stanton and his team led the way. The only fatalities were two Thai SEAL team members. A taut thriller. Recommended.
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ElipReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Hollywood Depiction. I recommend the film.
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This is a movie not a documentary. I haven't watched the documentary yet, but it is still a depiction and interpretation of the 2018 Tham Luang Cave rescue.
Subtitles: the subtitles should have started earlier. The events take place in Thailand. I expect Thai people speak Thai not english.
I applaud the mom for the sacrifice she made to get her son a Spongebob cake. I do not know for a fact but I imagine a Spongebob cake is not typical birthday cake in Thailand. The boys teasing the young birthday boy is typical boy behavior. It was done in good natured fun.
The boys had a couple of hours following football/soccer practice before the birthday party. I am not surprised the boys wanted to go spelunking. I have been spelunking in caves. The boys didn't travel outside of the mapped area. There would have been no survivors had the boys gone outside of the mapped area. It would have been a tragedy if the boys were not expected at a certain hour, it would have taken much longer for them to be known to be missing.
It was a traumatic event for those young boys. To memorialize that trauma from the young boys perspective is cruel. I am sure those young boys can't even express what their time inside the cave was like.
I appreciated that there was a differentiation between open diving and cave diving. I am sure they are 2 different skill sets. I applaud the Navy Seals.
I appreciated that the boys and others gave homage to the mountain's 'sleeping princess'. I don't understand the concept, but it is important culturally. I respect that it was portrayed.
I loved that film showed the efforts and sacrifices made by the villagers. The villagers that went up the mountain sandbagging, and diverting water from entering the cave system. The villagers that sacrificed their rice fields to hold the diverted water was amazing. They made the sacrifice for a group of boys they didn't know.
I liked the realism of the likelihood that those boys would not make it out alive.
As a parent, I am thankful that the plan for sedating the boys to attempt the rescue was not disclosed to the parents.
As a parent, I am thankful that the boys were secreted away to the hospital before the parents and press got to see their children. I didn't think it was necessary to see that the boys were quarantined for several days. Their medical needs were more important. I appreciate that the medical experts quarantined the boys together. I think it was genius that they erected the plexiglass so the parents could see their children.
As a parent, I could not have dealt with the horrible condition my child came out of the cave. I would have understood not seeing my child but knowing he was alive and recovering would have been enough.
I liked that no parent or anyone else held the coach responsible. I have been in a cave when a light rain started outside and was amazed at how quickly an outside mist engorged the underground streams into rivers. I know nothing about the Thailand Monsoon season or Mountains rains. I do know that it doesn't take much wet to engorge underground streams into raging rivers.
I recommend the film. I sincerely hope that the proceeds from this film goes to support the futures of those young boys.
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Milton Chen-Siang ChaiReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is what salvation is like!!!
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Nothing you can do, nothing you can bring, nothing you can earn... for your own salvation.

That's what these 13 lives experienced. Sedated, unconscious, and powerless, there was NOTHING they could do to get themselves out of the cave. Yes, they did persevere to stay alive in extreme conditions deep inside the cave for days, but the totality of their rescue FROM the cave had nothing to do with their effort, their ability, or their capacity. The ONLY thing that they did, was that they put their TRUST in the cave divers with NO reservations. And so, They. Were. Saved.

That is what Salvation in Christ is like! Nothing we could do to earn righteousness, to rid of our sins, to save ourselves from our own demise. It is entirely the work of Christ that we can be saved. The only difference between the cave divers and Christ was that Christ knew He would have to die for us, and He chose to go through death to deliver salvation to us.

So like the 13 lives who put their complete trust in the divers for their rescue from a treacherous cave, would you put your trust in Christ for your eternal salvation?
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AmandaReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
I’m sharing this movie with everyone!!
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I loved this movie!! Very thorough in details including times, dates, distance… all with the added suspense of the whole situation. I had read reviews saying the movie left out big parts of the actual story so I bought a documentary to gain the rest of the details only to find that this movie was nearly spot on. There was definitely a focus on the Thai goddess which was irritating to me because it made it look as though her anger caused the problem in the first place and as she was appeased the rescue was “blessed”. Sure, I understand that’s a part of the culture but she was a main focus without a doubt. I wish there was at least just one mention of the God of heaven who was truly the sovereign one who saved these boys. Not one mention of the prayers around the world that were going up in the boys behalf. 😔
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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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joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Phenomenal job recreating this harrowing story of rescue
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This story dominated world news when a group of young Thai kids got trapped within an underground flooded cave. I like that they kept the focus upon the Thais because after all it was their story and not the Westerners that came to rescue them. That means most of the movie is in Thai.

I think the movie did a good job trying to incorporate everything that was involved in trying to save the boys. It wasn’t just about getting a team to swim to where there were there was the weather, flooding, trying to divert streams, jurisdictional disputes between different groups, and more. There are maps to show how far in the kids were as well as times to let you know how harrowing it was trying to rescue them. They did a phenomenal job recreating this story.
ponga2112Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
An honest portrayal
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Of course, big western actors/actresses get the top billing, however careful attention was paid to include many Thai (the location of this story) and further the set and script absolutely capture the scene of where and to whom this story occurs. This is not the normal "Hollywood" treatment of westernizing a story's portrayal on the big screen for some target audience - But rather an honest accounting of an incredible story in all of set, script, and cast. In short - Superb!
AnonReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible and Uplifting
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The story is incredible and reveals more than what I had learned about the event.
Everyone involved with this movie, every single person, deserves the best gratitude for their contributions.
This was a remarkable true event and the high profile actors really presented their real life portrayals in seems to be the most accurate depiction.
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