The creativity and originality seen in underwater scenes in Thirteen Lives is so impressive that it is leaving no room for the movies based on VFX
Movies based on real-life incidents are tougher to manage and meet the expectations of the audience. Furthermore, it becomes the major responsibility of the directors and producers to ensure that facts are shown as it is.
And the same has been performed and done well in Thirteen Lives streaming now on Amazon Prime Video and available in more than 240 countries and territories globally.
It is a rescue movie that is based on the real-life of the Tham Luang cave rescue, which arrives a mere four years after the actual incident.
About Thirteen Lives
The movie is based on the real incident that happened in Thai, where Twelve members of a Thai schoolboy football team, aged 11-16 were trapped alongside their coach inside of the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province, Northern Thailand.
And they were rescued finally after a two-week-long struggle with help of an internationally coordinated effort from Thai military SEALs, cave divers, and doctors from around the world.
Experiences And Expectations of Thirteen Lives
Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen who were British cave divers and were in the role of John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, respectively, with Joel Edgerton and Tom Bateman in supporting roles mentioned the experience that clearly highlighted their surprising reactions after seeing the reactions of fans and performance of the movie.
Howard mentioned that Given the short turnaround time, I was apprehensive about how Thirteen Lives would turn out, despite the ensemble they’d put together.
Not only that, but the comparison with Avatar also came to light, wherein it was mentioned that Forget Avatar, the kind of artistry seen in some of the underwater scenes in Thirteen Lives will always be more impressive than VFX to me. Volanthen and Stanton’s first dive takes the audience right alongside them, in the middle of a powerful incoming current and the effect is exhilarating. This would have been a real treat to see on a high-quality large screen, I imagine. Howard has other classics on his CV that involve shooting in radically constrained spaces — Apollo 13 comes to mind immediately, but he has surpassed himself here.
At The End
Thirteen Lives, in the end, left no stone unturned to impress with the realistic framework of the Hollywood rescue movie. This movie has proved its grounds with impeccable craft. Howard, who once again proves that he can make a very decent movie. Even if it’s not necessarily a great or memorable one.