By Reno Rangan


When the Mountain Swallowed 33 Men Alive…

This is one of the greatest movie of 2015, not because of twists and turns, but because it pleasingly illustrates a true disastrous event. So don’t listen to the negative remarks about it, ignore the low scores and just see it already. Like any flick, it definitely had a few flaws; if you focus on it properly you won’t be distracted for those faults in the movie. Bringing that 2010’s unfortunate mining tragedy on screen was a success that’s the important part about it.

It was not a Marvel’s superhero movie or a Disney-Pixar’s cute animation that has its own large fan base to support. It is not even a Hollywood movie, but an English language movie from Chile. So that’s where the critics steered common people in the wrong direction, but as I’m a movie fanatic, I totally recommend it for all. This was not a simple disaster drama and it had a good amount of emotions, suspense, nationalism, light laughs, brotherhood and ultimately a good entertainment.

It is no one’s biopic as it was categorized. It is a single real incident based movie, especially the book ‘Deep Down Dark’. All the characters had a fair scope and portrayed according to story growth, but opened by introducing only a few main characters and other supporting ones out of 33 whose story this was based on.

On an ordinary day, those miners started their day as usual. For some, it was their first day and for others it was the final days of their job, but everyone had their own reasons to go into the mountain deep down. But what they did not know was the mountain was tired of opening its mouth for centuries. Finally, she decided to close her mouth by swallowing the 33. But those men stood against the chances they had and fought for their survival, which was finely told in this movie. What happened to them, how it concludes was narrated in the last minute with suspense.

“That’s not a rock, that’s the heart of the mountain.
She finally broke.”

To me there was no mystery left in the main theme because when this thing happened 5 years ago I closely followed the event. So I knew how it ended and I knew how the movie would end, the surprising parts were the families, media, politics and all the other surrounding events composed together which was a quite fresh perspective that helped the movie to help shape well. So I am telling you, if you think you know this story, you are probably wrong on that assumption.

If I want to discuss the negative parts that would the language of the movie. I am very, very disappointed with that choice, it should have been in the Spanish. Those Chilean characters speaking English was kind of a joke with their funny accent. It did not work for me, because Chile never was a commonwealth member. If an Indian, Malaysian or Sri Lankan character speaks English that would make sense. I know they wanted it to be an International product, so did they chose internationally recognizable actors like Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche. Yes, on that aspect it paid off well.

The movie almost got me on its emotional side, I did not show it physically, but I felt it deep inside me. It also showed well how important the families are, they are the first ones to react if you are in a real danger to rescue, to shed tears, to standby on the scene looking for your return and to hug tightly. The movie might be categorized in a couple of genres, but it had other mixed ingredients as well. For example, the scenes called the last supper and the circus outside the rescue site. Movies are not all about perfection, sometimes demonstrating its purpose decently will do good enough. So on that facet I got no point to say to skip it.

Rating: 9/10



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