Thirteen Lives

Based on the true nail-biting mission that captivated the world. 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.

  • Released: 2022-11-16
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Thrillers
  • Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Sukollawat Kanarot, Theerapat Sajakul, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Vithaya Pansringarm, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Nophand Boonyai, Tom Bateman, Paul Gleeson, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Paula Garcia, Girati Sugiyama, Pasakorn Hoyhon, Tanatat Srita, Kaokuson Sorapap, Sukniran Sukcharoen, Ensai O'Haire, Thanthapthai Chanin, Achi Jinapanyo, Thanaphat Thopiata, Phitakphong Boonnet, Joe Chuensawan, Nawanut Kaeomueangsi, Thitiphat Bheganan, Neungruthai Bungngern-Wynne, Teerawat Mulvilai, Pattrakorn Tungsupakul, Shakriya Tarinyawat, Mayuree Ruanpom, Theerapat Sajakul, Thira Chutikul, Blake McFarlane, Helen Cassidy, Terdphong U-Kham, Josh Helman, Zahra Newman, Peter Knight, Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak, Thinatya Popanum, Popetorn Soonthornyanakij, Natvara Hongsuwan, Jonathan Fang, Bernard Sam, Gerwin Widjaja
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • gortx - 10 January 2023
    Honorable docu-drama from Ron Howard
    Ron Howard's docu-drama about the 2018 Thai Cave rescue of 12 soccer kids and their coach. It's a decently well-told and very well-produced movie. The tech specs are quite good with exceptional sound design.

    Screenwriter William Nicholson (working with Don MacPherson) and Howard follow a pretty straightforward path. Colin Ferrell and Viggo Mortensen similarly are fairly low key even as the two major stars in the film. Good use of graphics to show where the rescuers are helps viewers keep their bearings. Still, the filmmakers do add a bit of 'Hollywood' melodrama at points and some of the suspense seems to be - if not artificial- at least prolonged.

    There has already been another feature and several documentaries made on the incident, and Howard and his team add little beyond being the best made of productions. The quite exemplary 2021 doc THE RESCUE had the good sense to understand where the story peaked and moved expeditiously to its conclusion, whereas Howard milks it for almost another full hour. It's not an obscure tale - it was literally the biggest news in the world only a couple of years ago.

    THIRTEEN LIVES is an honorable effort, if a bit superfluous.
  • jon_pratt12345 - 6 November 2022
    Fantastic portrait of low-key heroism
    Based on the incredible real life 2018 rescue of a soccer team and its coach from a flooded cave network in Thailand. Having seen the documentary 'The Rescue' which documents the events from the point of you of the amature cave divers involved in the mission, and done much of my own reading on the subject, I was hugely impressed with the accuracy of events and portrail of characters. A story of breathtaking heroism and coorperation on a massive scale, which expertly avoids sentimentality and chest-thumping; it is low-key and perfectly reflects the pragmatic focus of the people involved. Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell both do tremendous work with their obviously well-studied impersonassions.