“The 33”

Rated PG-13

1 hour 55 minutes

Antonio Banderas, Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — It was just another day in the mine shaft for 33 Chilean miners, until tons of rock came down burying them for what must have seemed like an eternity.

“The 33” recreates their heartbreaking ordeal in grim detail.

“The 33” had every right to feel as if they’d been buried alive without  hope of being rescued.

The realistic production values only intensify their predicament.

The stirring film vividly recounts their hanging on without much hope for 69 days, enough to put a strain on anyone’s patience.

If it’s torture down below, it’s sheer agony for the families who wait and pray and hope.

Just knowing how the grim scenario plays itself out never for one moment takes away from the stories gripping Impact and the eventual power of exhilaration.

You’ll be Impressed with the way the producers gambled on conveying their story using a brilliant cast of international actors ranging from Antonio Banderas to Gabriel Byrne and even Juliette Binoche.

“The 33” is a stunning film that I take great pleasure raising up to 3 stars.

Rarely has a true life adventure with an ending we all know  provided so much suspense.

The mark of true fine film making.

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