Thai Cave Rescue: Limited Series Review – IGN

Thai Cave Rescue debuted on Netflix on September 22, 2022.

It has been four years since the successful rescue of 13 people – 12 children and their soccer coach – from Thai caves. During those four years, there were two documentaries and two films based on the operations that were done to save them. Although many of the images were met with critical acclaim, the views from those adaptations were largely focused on the alien cave divers who rescued the boys rather than the boys themselves.

Netflix’s Thai Cave Rescue, the only production to have acquired the rights from the Wild Boars soccer team, presents a comprehensive story of the boys and their coach’s 18-day stay in flooded caves, with a detailed description of the operation in hand, led by Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak. Usatanakorn (Thanith Warakulnokroh). Throughout the six episodes, the back stories of Coach Ik (Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote) and the 12 boys – Mark (Thapanot Huttaprasuk), Tee (Songpon Kantawong), Titan (Pratya Patong), Adul (Thanawut Chetuku), Biw (Teeraphat Somkaew)), Phong (Chakkapat Srisat), Mix (Watchraphol Poungsawan), Dom (Thanaphong Kanthawong), Tle (Apisit Sangjan), Note (Rataphumi Nakisatit), Nick (Apisit Yukam), Night (Thanapat Phungpumkaew) – are presented, allowing a closer connection to life Those who were trapped.

It’s really hard to imagine how 12 teenagers without food and clean water survived for 10 days in a cave without any signs of hope, but they persevered and were finally given the chance to tell their side of the story. Relationships and interactions between Ek, boys, and Thai Navy SEALs are the highlights of the series. Despite their bleak circumstances, there are moments of flight that serve as a reminder that these characters are still just children. On their first night together, for example, a Thai Navy SEAL Baitoey (Winai Wiengyanhkul), dressed in a foil blanket, performs a funny dance to bring some laughs as they eat their first meal in 10 days.

As for the boys, the majority of the cast consisted of actors from northern Thailand, who felt authentic because their accents reflected the region they were representing. Despite the series noting some of their debut roles, the child actors portray their counterparts quite well. Huttaprasuk emerges as Mark, the youngest in the team, who bravely volunteers to be the first to come out, but tells him, frustratingly, that he must wait until they can find a mask that fits him. He sadly watches each of his teammates being taken out, leaving him behind. Huttaprasuk was heartbreaking as the last child to be rescued – a child at risk of death due to his size and poor health – as he shrugs off uttering, “Let’s find out our destiny” before he is taken out of the cave.

Lerkchaleampote, who sadly passed away in March, moves on in his final role as Coach IK, the true hero who kept these boys alive and their souls. He led them in daily meditation to calm their minds and stomachs for survival. However, throughout their time in the caves, he blamed himself for being in this situation and was carrying a massive guilt that slowly wiped out his mental health. It’s a devastating circumstance that allows for some moving acting from Lerkchaleampote, including one emotional scene in which Ek breaks down and T.Ie comforts him.

The story gives credit to the rescuers and engineers who were involved in the operation, naming many of the foreign and military divers involved in the rescue, including those from the US Army. The series also dedicates an entire episode to former Marine Saman Konan (Sobakorn Kitsuwon), who tragically died during the mission. In the fourth episode, Conan’s background is explored, especially his relationship with his beloved wife “Miao”, giving us more sympathy for his loss. Previous versions of Conan focused on his death rather than showing the life he sacrificed to save these boys. The episode is heartbreaking but necessary to honor this fallen hero.

The series makes a great effort to be true and accurate to the story.


Foreign divers, especially Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris (Rodger Corser), were honored for their role in the mission as well. It also shows us more of Harry’s struggles regarding the whole plan and his fear of losing any of the boys. The cool thing about the story highlighting hero divers is that she never felt like she was lazy. “white savior” metaphor. Instead, the entire process, as depicted in Thai Cave Rescue, appears to have been a joint effort between Thai people and foreigners who wanted to help.

Although the series looks original, several changes were made due to the lack of rights from others involved in the rescue. Real-life water engineer Thanet Natesiri, who orchestrated the pumping of water from the caves, tackled the gender bend. Although it’s creatively understandable to add more women to the story, since so many women were involved in the actual rescue, the problem isn’t with the character’s gender. The character, water engineer Kelly (Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund), is still Thai-American, but speaks a very broken-down Thai, and conducts her business primarily in English. It was intriguing to watch the actress – who herself is a native speaker of Thailand, playing a character who is fluent in both Thai and English – play what appears to be a parody of a Thai American trying to communicate with her. Thai roots. It was hard to take it seriously, even in the most passionate scenes. It appears that the writers were trying to connect with the Thai diaspora by adding a Thai American “connected” to feeling part of the rescue. Instead, I felt it was unnecessary to the story.

On a similar note, the inconsistent use of the English language was also a distraction. Although it is understandable that English is used when there are foreigners around, there have been moments when it just didn’t make sense. In the second episode, Narongsak talks with Royal Thai Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yuukongkaew (Tanapol Chuksrida) about their plans to send Navy SEALs through the cave. Although there is a foreign present, it still doesn’t really make sense, in terms of context, why the conversation between the two of them is spoken entirely in English. Despite the actors’ strong fluency in English, the acting felt more exaggerated and dramatic than it would have been if they had performed it in their mother tongue.

However, Thai Cave Rescue is still the most detailed image of Tham Luang Cave rescue. Filmed entirely in Thailand with the cast being entirely Thai (excluding foreigners), the series makes a great effort to be authentic and accurate to the story. At the end of the final episode, there are comparisons between the actors and real-life Wild Boars, with some kids looking like they could be relatable to their peers. The story also accurately depicts what it means to be stateless in Thailand, where Coach Ek has to navigate back and forth between borders. Although I wish they would give an update to the three boys and Ek, who got full Thai citizenship after being rescued, because it’s still an important topic to discuss. Although we know that the ending leads to a happy outcome, the way the story is told is the most satisfying. Thai Cave Rescue does so much better when you stick to keeping it a Thai story.

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