By Leah Greenblatt
Updated November 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
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  • Movie

The remarkable real-life story of the Copiapó collapse–the Chilean mining disaster that trapped 33 men more than 2,000 feet underground for 69 days in 2010–is adapted for the screen, with rocky results. Director Patricia Riggen corrals a sprawling international cast (Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne) and captures the event itself with harrowing visual impact; you may never go down to your basement again without a headlamp and a 10-day food supply. But the choice to shoot it all in English feels like an unfortunate bow to marketing demands, and the imperative to cover so many characters leaves little room for nuance. An inspired fantasy sequence midway through hints at the more intriguing movie The 33 might have been; instead, its tragedy-to-triumph narrative aims mostly for width, not depth. B-

The 33

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 126 minutes
director
  • Patricia Riggen

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