The Rescue REVIEW: A nail-biting story of heroism


If you followed the astonishing 2018 news story about the cave rescue of the Thai junior football team, you probably wondered who would play the hero divers in the inevitable Hollywood movie. Well, it will be Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton. But, before we get Ron Howard’s Thirteen (due to surface in April), here’s a nail-biting documentary from Free Solo directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Using interviews, real underwater footage and seamless reconstructions, the film focuses on the middle-aged amateur cave divers who took over the rescue from the Thai Navy SEALs who weren’t trained in cave diving.

Brits Rick Stanton and John Volanthen give candid accounts of being thrust into the spotlight when 12 young soccer players and their coach got trapped by rising waters in a vast network of caves.

We don’t get to hear from the lads but the divers’ accounts are fascinating.

This is a strange hobby and these are very unusual people.

Hearing what went through their minds when they crawled through this subterranean hell is fascinating. Even if you can remember the outcome, you’ll find the finale tense and deeply moving.


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