Thai Cave Rescue Review – A Netflix Drama That Highlights The True Story

TA six-part limited series from Netflix, Thai Cave Rescue isn’t easy. How does Tham Luang Nang’s unbroken 18-day ordeal make captivating when the story of dozens of teenage soccer players and their coach trapped deep within a cave system that has repeatedly flooded is told?

Don’t bother with the extensive media coverage during the accident and the arduous rescue operation just four years ago. There have already been three films covering this terrain, including Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely’s documentary The Rescue and Ron Howard’s thrillingly restricted Thirteen Lives.

Thai Cave Rescue – with its fun core title that appears to be engineered for optimum SEO results – does well, despite the repetition. Just be sure to watch it in the original Thai audio track with subtitles instead of the awkward English dub that Netflix automatically returns.

The series, created by Michael Russell Gunn and Dana Ledoux Miller, isn’t quite as elegant and catchy as the Howard movie starring Hollywood stars like Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton as the divers who pulled the Wild Boars soccer team out of a cave. Thai Cave Rescue is the most comprehensive, melodramatic and sometimes cruel tale that contains a crucial element that films do not have: the football team’s perspective.

Netflix and SK Global have won exclusive rights to the story of the Wild Boars soccer team in a deal secured by their country’s government. We learn about the players, their families, and the emotional baggage they carried with them deep into that cave. The story is told with sensitivity to local nuances thanks to Thai director Baz Bunberia and Thai American director Kevin Tancharoen, both of whom are executive producers alongside John M Chu (the Taiwanese American director behind Crazy Rich Asians).

Cho tweeted memorably the next day to save him in real life Refuses to allow Hollywood bleaching This story, a cautionary tale for other films that would eventually characterize the accounts of British and Australian divers whose plan worked to drug boys and transport them through treacherous underwater passages miraculously.

There is a beautiful story [about] Humans save other humans,” Zhou wrote. “So anyone who thinks [about] It is better to approach the story correctly [and] respectfully.”

Thai Cave Rescue immediately distinguishes itself in a brief introduction that celebrates the hands-on deck community gathered to get to the boys on the last day of the rescue. This includes the Thai Navy, US military support, foreign engineers and divers, local politicians, farmers, park rangers, volunteers, and even those who send prayers from all over the world.

The series then returns to introduce every kid, starting with 11-year-old Titan (Pratya “Tiger” Patong) and coach Eak (Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 25). Titan slept in Ike’s house, seeking refuge from his warring parents. An orphan raised in a Buddhist monastery, Ek grew into a stable guide for younger children. He preaches early on to the chosen families, and telegraphs his role as their father figure for 18 days (and beyond to children who have hostile environments at home).

The intimacy with these characters naturally makes the series more impactful, even if some of the shows are adaptive and a bit raw. Previous episodes have been pretty cruel, especially when the writers desperately seek patience in a story that often leaves no breathing room. Small muzzles are thrown at intense or tense moments as they land with a blow.

There is more confidence in later episodes. Shows begin to click and the hilarious camaraderie between the young soccer team and those waiting outside to take them out feels like a fitting treat to their dire situation.

Veteran singer-turned-actor Thanith and Rakulnokroh are the most prominent among the cast. He finds precautions of sympathy and grace in his performance as Governor Narongsak, the man tasked with overseeing the rescue, answering parents, politicians, and the media while managing an impossible situation.

In a later episode, Narongsak presents the football team’s people with the only options he has: send supplies to the boys in hopes of surviving months in the cave until the monsoon season subsides or attempt an immediate underwater rescue. He advises them to choose rescue, explaining that both scenarios will likely end in death, but one is fast and the other is slow. The gravity of every decision he makes—and the strength to even consider it—really strikes with this exchange.

The most attractive episode is dedicated to the fall of Marine Saman Junan, better known as Ja Sam (Suppakorn “Tok” Kitsuwan), and his wife Maew (Tusrin “Oui” Punpae). Ja Sam died after losing consciousness while transporting oxygen tanks through Tham Luang in preparation for rescue.

Throughout the episode, he regularly checks out Maew. They have warm, sweet and timeless conversations in which he shares his hope that his volunteer assignment at Tham Luang will be completed so he can go home and join her for the cycling marathon they have both been training for. The match cut between Maew’s headlight cruising the bike paths in Bangkok at night and Ja Sam’s lamp making his final journey through Tham Luang is one of the most felt on-screen adaptations in recent memory. It’s also a fitting tribute to the people whose story isn’t celebrated enough in all the movies about this rescue.

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