American actor and director Ron Howard, who won an Oscar for Best Picture and Director for his famous movie “A Beautiful Mind”, is back in the historical and biographical genre with “13 Lives,” a movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell The memorable rescue of twelve teenagers and their soccer coach from Thai caves in Tham Luang in 2018, can be seen from Friday on Amazon Prime video platform.
“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 issue of heroism, to the people involved, and there were also surprises,” he explained at a press conference, explaining at a press conference that the director in relation to the script written by British William Nicholson, also author of the Hollywood Academy “The Gladiator” (2000).
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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, other events and historical figures such as “Apollo 13” (ninety-nine and ninety-five), “Frost/Nixon: The Scandal Interview” (2008) and “The Rush: Passion and Glory” (2013), the director decided to take this last event which took place on June 23, 2018 in the aforementioned caves, located on the border with Myanmar.
Remembered Rescue in Thai Caves
It all started when he was part of Wild Powers Youth Football Team I entered the cave system to celebrate someone’s birthday, but a sudden, heavy rain and monsoon began to flood the place and trapped the twelve boys, aged between 11 and 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 labyrinthine caves.
In “13 Lives,” Viggo Mortens and Colin Farrell with Joel Edgerton respectively embody British divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen and Australian anesthetist Richard Harris, who become crucial figures in the operation who go through dangerous and tense moments when the water levels inside the caves rise or fall. Suddenly, this complicates the movement and chances of survival of those involved.
“I had experience working on projects based on real events, but I knew 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 when People work together incredible things happen.” Howard explained to this effect.
He added, “The drama in the cave would 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 was one of those massive and unforgettable 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.”Ron Howard
“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.”