Ron Howard’s nail-biting Thai Cave Drama “Thirteen Lives” is based on a real-life rescue mission that captivated the world in 2018. Howard’s film, definitely one of his greatest, delivers a thrilling, sweeping depiction of the mission and reveals unexpected new elements that were kept secret for ethical reasons.
The incident received extensive media coverage. In 2018, 12 boys and their football coach went caving for an adventure, but became stuck as flooding from heavy rains filled the maze-like cavern.
The rescue effort, carried out by Thai officials in collaboration with several independent foreign divers, garnered worldwide attention and took more than two weeks.
Ron Howard has done an incredible job of relaying the story. He is the finest director for this film, based on his previous films such as Apollo 13 and In the Heart of the Sea, which are both about human survival despite all obstacles.
Before the teaser was released, Thirteen Lives were already on the list of Oscar contenders for next year. In test screenings, “Thirteen Lives” received the “best test results in MGM history.” However, test screenings never tell the whole story.
Here’s what Critics have to say about Thirteen Lives
The critics are raving about this film, citing “Thirteen Lives” as the best film of the year.
Thrilling dramatization of the Thailand cave rescueBy Wendy Ide
Ron Howard’s ‘Thirteen Lives’ is a suffocating experience — that’s what makes it greatby Mick LaSalle
Dramatizing the Near ImpossibleBy Amy Nicholson
Ron Howard’s Thai Cave Rescue Film Is Tense but DutifulBY LOVIA GYARKYE
Thirteen Lives, gets a one-week theatrical release July 29 and launched globally August 5 on Prime Video.