This film is based on the real-life events in Chili and the book Deep Down Dark about a gold and copper mine collapse trapping 33 miners underground. One of the miners is ready to retire after 45 years of mining work and there is a celebration but he still needs to finish this shift. It is August 5, 2010 and a group of workers take a truck ride three miles into the mine. A rock that is twice the mass of the Empire State Building falls into the mine. The men are trapped together almost 2,000 down and they don’t have very much food to ration among all of them. The families gathered at the site of the mine and it was their protesting that encouraged the company to try to rescue the men.
There is not a lot of leeway in the variety of the scenes in this film. Basically there can only be views of inside the mine, the families outside the mine, the company preparations and the press releases all over the world. The miners formed a joint company and they are suing because they received only 17% of the profits from this film. They say their lawyers mislead them. 3* (This movie is OK)
127 min, Bio directed by Patricia Riggen with Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nunez, Tenoch Huerta.
Note: Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 44% critic 61% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 540 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Nemocon, Columbia; Copiapo, Santiago, Chile. One of the real miners, Mario Sepulveda met Antonio Banderas in Colombia during the beginning of filming. He was chosen to supervise the extras.