In 2018, the world watched in anxiety as a daring rescue team attempted to retrieve 12 boys and their football coach, all trapped in Thailand’s Tham Luang cave during a flash flood. Without any interference from Hollywood, it was already dramatic beyond belief. But they stepped in, and now Amazon is releasing a great film directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, Rush) entitled Thirteen Lives.
The biopic is directed by Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell as British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, respectively, while Joel Edgerton takes on the role of Australian anesthesiologist Richard Harris. The three men came together to navigate the logistical nightmare with the Thai army – and 10,000 others from around the world – to bring the boys home.
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“It sounds easy, but when it’s flooded, it’s impossible,” Farrell’s John Volanthen can be heard in the trailer.
“You’re trying to guide these kids all the way, all you’ll bring are dead bodies,” Rick Stanton fires back, frustrated with Mortensen, at an unseen party.
Without saying too much for anyone who has (somehow) managed to avoid hearing about the Tham Luang cave rescue until now, the success of the mission hinged on knocking the children unconscious. to make sure they didn’t consume too much of their oxygen tanks before carefully hanging out. get them to safety. The situation was so precarious, in fact, Richard Harris and two medical aides were granted diplomatic immunity in case the plan turned south.
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“Doctor Richard Harris did his best for the medical mission he was in charge of, but if anything went wrong he needed protection,” Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said. Reuters.
“We knew this mission was risky… so there was an agreement between the Thai government and the Australian government. The Thai government would like to thank Dr Harris.
Thirteen Lives was written by William Nicholson (Gladiator, Wretched) and slated to premiere on July 29, 2022. Based on the first trailer alone, audiences are well on their way to experiencing a certain vintage Ron Howard, whose cinematic strength lies in the story telling.
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