United States of America American actor and director Ron Howard, who won an Oscar for Best Picture and Direction for his hit “A Beautiful Mind,” is back in the historical and biographical genre with “13 Lives,” a movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell. which depicts the memorable rescue of twelve teenagers and their soccer coach from the Thai caves of Tham Luang in 2018, which can now be seen on Amazon Prime Video.
“When I had the opportunity to read the script, I realized that it not only contained everything I remember, but also suggested many levels and dimensions to the question of heroism, to the people involved, and also there were surprises,” he explained at a press conference, explaining at a press conference that the director regarding the script written by the British William Nicholson, who is also the author of the Hollywood Academy “The Gladiator” (2000).
Upon arriving in production, Howard commented that he was aware of the case and that it was a “very good creative opportunity”.
“It was one of those massive, memorable moments, and I felt like I could do something so profound, that this fictional version of a real event could make it more interesting, that would challenge the nerves of the audience,” he added.
Known for bringing it to the big screen, with its good share of drama and emotion, and other historical events and characters such as “Apollo 13” (1995), “Frost/Nixon: The scandal interview” (2008) and “Rush: Passion and glory” (2013), The director decided to take on this last event which took place on June 23, 2018 in the above-mentioned caves, located on the border with Myanmar.
Remembered Rescue in Thai Caves
It all started when part of the Wild Boars youth soccer team entered the cave system to celebrate someone’s birthday, but a sudden, torrential rain and monsoon began flooding the place and trapping the twelve boys, from ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach. inside.
The rescue operation, which involved the Thai government along with a total of a thousand lifeguards, specialized divers, police and other emergency units from the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Japan and China, turned into a desperate cycle that remained suspended. For the international press that lasted more than two weeks, until the following July 10, when they were all pulled out of the Labyrinth Caves.
In “13 Lives,” Viggo Mortens and Colin Farrell, along with Joel Edgerton, respectively embody British divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen and Australian anesthetist Richard Harris, who become crucial characters in the operation, who go through extremely dangerous and tense moments when the waters rise inside caves or drops suddenly, complicating the movement and chances of survival of those involved.
“I had experience working on projects based on real events, but I realized that making a very personal and emotional film about the issue could give a very extreme version of the kind of films I like most, the ones that prove that the most impressive results are not in fiction, and that things The amazing happen when people work together,” Howard explained.
He added, “The drama in the cave was going to be very cinematic, and the shows gave an opportunity to be very focused. Also, a large percentage of this story had to be told from Thailand, and it had to reflect their culture and people from Thailand.” In a very contemporary and subtle way. There was a lot of entertainment value and a lot of storytelling ability if we did it all the right way.”
“It had many dimensions, and it also went on to return to the true virtues and strengths of William (Nicholson)’s work in turning this story into a movie. It has everything you want in an entertaining movie, but it’s also honest and fair, and that was our goal.”