The 33

November 27th, 2015


The 33

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Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.0/10 (3,727 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Patricia Riggen

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Writers: Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten

Antonio Banderas - Mario Sepúlveda
Rodrigo Santoro - Laurence Golborne
Juliette Binoche - María Segovia
James Brolin - Jeff Hart
Lou Diamond Phillips - Don Lucho
Mario Casas - Álex Vega
Jacob Vargas - Edison Peña
Juan Pablo Raba - Darío Segovia
Oscar Nuñez - Yonni Barrios
Tenoch Huerta - Carlos Mamani
Marco Treviño - José Henriquez
Adriana Barraza - Marta Salinas
Kate del Castillo - Katty
Cote de Pablo - Jessica
Elizabeth De Razzo - Susana Valenzuela

Taglines: Hope Runs Deep


Official Website: Official Twitter | Official website

Country: USA, Chile

Language: English, Spanish

Release Date: 13 November 2015

Filming Locations: Nemocón, Colombia

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,787,266 (USA) (13 November 2015)

Gross: $9,900,692 (USA) (20 November 2015)

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Did You Know?

Final film composed by James Horner, who died in less than two months before the release of the film. See more »

Mamani recalls that the land the mine is located was Bolivian and was taken by Chile in 1881. He references the War of the Pacific (1879-1884), between Chile and an alliance between Peru and Bolivia. However, in common discussions about this subject, Chileans and Bolivians would reference the year 1879, when it began, instead of 1881. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

We all remember five years ago when the story of 33 miners trapped 700 meters underground caught the world by storm. Everyone was asking: Are they alive? How are they going to make it out of there?. I think there's no need to say how it ended. Since then we've gotten tons of news announcing a big budget film about San José's rescue. The thing everyone's asking right know is: Is it any good?

First things first: Patricia Riggen. Her direction is absolutely brilliant, managing to alternate between tense and emotional scenes almost perfectly. The acting as well is outstanding, with Antonio Banderas (Mario Sepúlveda) and Rodrigo Santoro (Laurence Golborne) being the most notable. Also, Cote De Pablo (Jessica Salgado) brings a big emotional push into the movie with a beautiful interpretation of "Gracias a la Vida" by Violeta Parra. Juliette Binoche (María Segovia) was also very good. In general, every actor and actress in this movie gave a solid performance. The screenplay is very well written, giving the characters a lot of development and personality. The soundtrack (Composed by James Horner) is also very good, mixing chilean instruments with big orchestra compositions that fit the movie perfectly. The CGI is OK, nothing groundbreaking, but it gets the job done.

It's not a faultless film though, it has it's flaws. The are times when the movie loses it's pace and gets slow. Also, the editing, being mostly very good, it's evident that there where scenes in the movie that were cut from the final product, an issue that can leave some viewers confused. There's a little bit of shaky cam as well, not a big complain, but it can get very disorienting at times.

Overall, even if it's not perfect, it's still a great movie that succeeds at telling the story of the 33 miners. Hopeful and inspiring, it's worth watching at least once.



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