‘The Rescue’ is unforgettable life and death drama

This is a Passionate Spectator alert — Advance notice of an exceptional experience for discerning fans of movies, theater, art and festivals.

I know, I know, there’s a splashy and long-delayed James Bond thriller opening in movie theaters this week. But there’s also a real-life thriller, The Rescue, opening October 8 that packs an emotional wallop you’ll remember long after 007’s exploits fade. 

The Rescue is a prime opportunity to get back in a theater with your friends and peers to enjoy a great film.   It was People’s Choice winner at the Toronto Film Festival, and will be the most talked-about documentary of 2021.

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First view of trapped soccer team from a British diver’s camera

You’ll remember that world media attention was focussed on northern Thailand in 2018, where 12 young soccer players and their coach were trapped for two harrowing weeks in a monsoon-flooded cave. The Rescue tells the story of an unlikely team of British sport divers who, supported by thousands of soldiers and international volunteers, risked everything to save them.

The Rescue is directed by the husband-wife team who documented the bare-hands climb of Alex Honnold in Free Solo, which won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2019. This film will wrack your nerves at a whole new level. Be prepared to cringe, cry and cheer.

The Rescue opens in theaters October 8. (No, it’s not available on streaming services, at least for now.)

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The Rescue
Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Rated PG. Runtime: 107 minutes. From National Geographic.
Watch the trailer