A docudramatic account of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster is presented, where the thirty-three miners who went into the San José Mine in Copiapó, Chile in the middle of the Atacama Desert on August 5 were trapped 700 meters underground for sixty-nine days, with all thirty-three eventually able to make it out of the mine alive. That day, mine foreman, Luis "Don Lucho" Urzúa, reported his concerns to mine owner, Carlos Castillo, about the unstable nature of the mountain under which the mine is located, those concerns which went unheeded. Don Lucho one of the thirty-three, went to work as usual into the mine, when that instability led to collapse in some of the underground shafts, the thirty-three who were able to make it to the refuge area, however with communication channels to the surface inoperable. Under normal circumstances, the refuge area had enough supplies to last thirty men three days. The miners also discovered that the company had failed to place the requisite ladders from ...Written by
They did not use a magnet to get the broken drill bit out. In fact they had to manufacture on site what they call a spider drill. It had a open spiral teeth design at the end of the drill, to try to surround the bit. Using the pressure of the down force, the teeth would collapse on itself and capture the drill bit. See more »
This is going to be a "mine"or review of the movie based on the true story of the Chilean miners who were in 2010 trapped underground for 69 days after a gold & copper mine collapsed, it's called "The 33". And I will insert 33 puns in it! Sorry, that was coal! I mean cold! Director Patricia Riggen did not rig it and did a modest job in paying tribute to the bravery & resiliency of the 33 miners. However, the film's screenplay was filled with many formulaic clichés that did not provide enough authenticity to the characters. The mining crew included performances from Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Jacob Vargas. An awful and miscast Juliette Binoche played the sister of one of the miners, and Riggen showcased her character way too much than it deserved; with all due respect to the family members of the miners. Rodrigo Santoro played the archetype government employee who rebels against government protocol in order to save the day; or something like that. Now, don't get me wrong, I did think the homage to the 33 miners was well played out, but I was not grounded with the film's other components. The movie is also way too long; it should have been trimmed 33 minutes. Anyways, coal it what you want, but I think "The 33" is OK to see for its bravery. *** Average
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