Thirteen Lives (2022) – Movie Review

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman

Runtime: 147 minutes

Genre: Drama

Rating: 16+ (Prime Video rating)

Available On: Prime Video (Out Now)

Ron Howard’s new rescue drama sees Richard Stanton (Viggo Mortensen), John Volanthen (Colin Farrell) and Dr. Richard Harris (Joel Edgerton) diving into Thai caves to attempt a rescue of twelve boys and their football coach.

The film has some stunning visuals of the Tham Luang cave, cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Call Me By Your Name, Suspiria (2018)) does amazing work with beautiful shots of the monsoon and inside the cave.

A moving plot, the script puts you in the shoes of the people who were helping with the rescue in the latter half. A lot of the focus being on the men who came from the UK, Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, as well as Dr. Richard Harris from Australia. This is a gripping and intriguing true story and it keeps your attention to the very last frame.

The story does leave some elements to the imagination, including details on the boys before they were found on their first successful dive down to their location.

Score: 75/100

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