National Geographic’s ‘The Rescue’ Review

Free Solo was an exhilarating documentary that won Directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin an Academy Award. The duos work on the film was nothing short of remarkable. Now the pair is back with another documentary highlighting the rescue of the Thai Soccer Team. 

One of my favorite things about watching documentaries like this is knowing next to nothing about the story. I love hearing true stories unfold in front of my eyes.

Out of the gate, you recognize the brilliance of how Chin and Vasarhelyi layer the film. We know what the film is about, but the story behind it connects us to who these kids are, who the rescuers are, how they did it, and how difficult it was to accomplish this feat.

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We are onto day 12 when the kids are found, and while everyone breaths a sigh of relief, the mission only gets more tricky as they now have to get out themselves. The divers made it to the boys, but getting them all out, and out safely, would be challenging because they were deep underground. The outlook was grim and to the point where they were concerned, it was too much.

Generosity is the beginning of everything. Without generosity, you can not be a volunteer.

– words from Waleeporn Gunan, the wife of Saman, who passed away trying to save the children. 

It’s genuinely inspirational when you understand that all these men were risking their lives by trying to make it to these children. The selfless act of bravery is nothing short of remarkable.

Chin and Vasarhelyi take another story of hope and takes us down this path of heart-pounding, breathtaking journey of hope and rescue. I was blown away by watching this to the point where I felt overwhelmed by anticipation. I, at times, thought of stopping to catch a breath myself.

The Verdict: A

Chin and Vasarhelyi do it again as ‘The Rescue’ is a heart-pounding thriller that leaves you gasping for air.

The Rescue is in theaters on Friday October 15.

THE RESCUE chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Academy Award-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they use a wealth of never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews to piece together the high stakes mission, highlighting the efforts of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs and US Special Forces and details the expert cave divers’ audacious venture to dive the boys to safety. THE RESCUE brings alive one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues in modern times, shining a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys.
DIRECTORS: E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin (Free Solo)
PRODUCERS: P.J. van Sandwijk, John Battsek, E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
TRT: 107m
DISTRIBUTOR: National Geographic Documentary Films

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