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It might be possible to make a gripping film about the 2010 mining disaster but "The 33" isn’t it.
Works not only as a portal into what happened 37 years ago but as an understanding of the difficulties of handling hostage situations.
Provides a solid starting place for a series or, if the box office doesn’t warrant a continuation, an engaging stand-alone thriller.
Despite an interesting premise, it fails to deliver much beyond a gradual descent into disinterest and watch-checking.
It’s a serviceable thriller at best although Christopher Plummer’s late-to-the-party performance is worthy of praise.