ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Based on the 2010 Chile mining disaster, this film is both amazing and heartwarming as we are given a glimpse into the turmoil, hardship, brotherhood, and survival of the 33 miners who were trapped for 69 days. So far, this film has been highly underrated, and under-appreciated, which I don't understand because the film is amazing. The story begins with a brief glimpse into the life of the miners shortly before the collapse, as well as seeing the supervisor expressing concern over the stabilization of the mine, and being ignored. After the collapse there is no contact with the miners at first due to there being no other way out, and disconnected phone lines. The miners only have enough food to last them for three days, but somehow they make it stretch with the hope that help will come in time.The chemistry among the cast (which includes: Antonio Banderas as Mario, Juliette Binoche as María, and Gabriel Byrne as André) is incredible, especially among the miners. The isolation that is depicted in the film gives you a very real sense of the helplessness, and struggle that the miners must have been dealing with in reality. Awesome film, strong recommendation for anyone who is into survival films, because this one has most definitely made my top ten!


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