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Ron Howard's Thirteen Lives Brings the Narrative of the Thai cave Rescue to Life


Talking about a movie centered on drama and survival, Thirteen Lives is definitely a must see! It chronicles the Tham Luang cave incident and, more specifically, the efforts that went into rescuing the 13 people trapped inside.

The talented Ron Howard (Director of the movie) is nothing but a perfect hand behind the camera, and he certainly has style when it comes to portraying teamwork heroism on screen. In Thirteen Lives, Howard seems to be deliberately avoiding Hollywood-style heroics and basing his plot on straightforward journalistic reporting, where the facts are confirmed with nothing in the way of dramatic flare.

Thirteen Lives begins with a sense of impending doom when a bunch of soccer players; all children, along with their coach ride carelessly along the road towards the huge cave. They keep their cycles on the stand near the entrance and move inside. It rains heavily for the next couple of hours, and the water trickles down the cave with such ferocity that the boys find it impossible to come out.

Back home, their parents start to panic, and the news spreads fast. The Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn (Sahajak Boonthanakit) and General Anupong Paochinda (Vithaya Pansringarm) arrive, and deploy men to come with a quick rescue plan. As the situation escalates with unending rainfall and no solution in view, international help is called for. At this point, British divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, played by (Viggo Mortensen) and (Colin Farrell) respectively, arrive. They finally locate the kids trapped at the far end of the narrow, serpentine cave, an unimaginable task to cross, let alone bring back not one or two, but thirteen living souls.


With this intriguing movie, Ron Howard has created a gripping tale. Shot in Queensland and Thailand, Thirteen Lives recreates the terror and thrill, the mud and mayhem and fury of the elements as well as the fortitude of humanity pitted against Nature.

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: William Nicholson

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman, Sukollawat Kanarot, Thiraphat Sajakul

Release Date: August 5, 2022