(2015) (Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Following a partial mine collapse, thirty-three men find themselves trapped thousands of feet underground, all while those up top try to rescue them.
- It's 2010 and Luis "Don Lucho" Urzua (LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS) is the shift foreman at a privately owned gold mine located in the Atacama Desert of San Jose, Chile. Tasked with keeping the miners safe, he's concerned with recent signs of shifting within the mountain, but the site supervisor blows off his concerns. Accordingly, Don Lucho leads a team of miners down thousands of feet into the mine, including family man Mario Sepulveda (ANTONIO BANDERAS); Elvis impersonator Edison Pena (JACOB VARGAS); and Yonni Barrios (OSCAR NUNEZ) who's trying to balance his wife and mistress. There's also homeless alcoholic Dario Segovia (JUAN PABLO RABA) who's estranged from his older sister, Maria (JULIETTE BINOCHE); veteran miner Mario Gomez (GUSTAVO ANGARITA) who's days away from retirement; father-to-be Alex Vega (MARIO CASAS); and Bolivian newcomer Carlos Mamani (TENOCH HUERTA) who's apprehensive about going down into the mine.
It turns out his concerns are justified when an enormous rock -- with twice the mass of the Empire State Building -- slips and crushes the men's only way of escape. With only three days worth of food for him and the other thirty-two trapped men, Mario assumes the role of leader and rations the food, all while they hope for help from above.
Knowing the outcome of this could affect his political career, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (BOB GUNTON) sends his relatively new minster of mining, Laurence Golborne (RODRIGO SANTORO), to the scene to coordinate the rescue attempt and serve as a liaison between the government and the miners' families who've arrived on the scene.
With mining engineer Andre Sougarret (GABRIEL BYRNE) showing up to lead the rescue drilling attempts, everyone above and below ground hopes that the miners can be saved, something that becomes increasingly uncertain as the days and then weeks pass by.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's possible some older teens might show some interest, especially if they're familiar with the true story.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For a disaster sequence and some language.
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