The year 2018, a group of friends in Thailand are playing soccer on a local field. It’s actually one of the children’s birthdays but before going home for a celebration the gang decides to go exploring in a cave that is holy to the culture. They travel quite far into the cave that when a storm occurs at the beginning of Monsoon season the cave begins to flood and the children and their coach are trapped deep within the mountain.
Once the families find out the boys are lost within the caverns they reach out to the government for help. As days pass and the boys are still not found by the local governments SEAL team what is least expected are a few older men from other parts of the world that come together to help the situation trying to develop a method to get them out alive. That is if they are still alive by the time they find them. John Volanthen (Colin Farrell), Rick Stanton (Viggo Mortensen), Chris Jewell (Tom Bateman), Harry Harris (Joel Edgerton) an anesthesiologist, Major Hodges (Josh Helman) with the help of locals devised a somewhat long-shot of a plan to get the boys out hopefully alive.
Since the story was covered pretty much by every news source in the world you would have to have been living in that cave if you did not hear of it and most likely how it turns out since it is a real story. Anyhow, Ron Howard is a bit of a genius with his direction. Having to tell a true story and make it worth seeing in the theater, Howard added superb cinematography, sound, score, and the underwater photography is amazing. The beginning starts with subtitles but thankfully soon thereafter English is introduced. You would think that character development would be prevalent here for a film at 147-minutes but it is not since Howard and the writers rely on the fact that movie-goers will care and feel for the characters because they are children and because the story is true.
The casting is well-done from the locals to the extras, the supporting characters but Farrell, Edgerton, Mortensen, Helman and Bateman seem very comfortable working together in a very wet environment. As for the boys they all do an honorable job but they tend not to be a major focus except of course as the main plot. In the background you can see some of the animals found in Thailand but none were used as a focus to the story.