While the overkill of releases related to the Tham Luang cave rescue spoils the documentary in some ways, The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave is still a decent watch. It brings us closer to the disaster. But it may be best enjoyed after a long break from watching either the Netflix series or Amazon Original film.
This review of the Netflix documentary film The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave does not contain spoilers.
This documentary takes an inside look at the disaster that led to the Wild Boars junior football team and their coach becoming trapped in a cave in 2018. If you haven’t heard of the Tham Luang cave rescue before, chances are that you have now. Not only is there this documentary on Netflix, but they also did the six-episode mini-series Thai Cave Rescue, and Thirteen Lives, an Amazon original. It’s quite overkill. And to be honest, all of the shows/movies would have worked a lot better had the releases been spread apart. Saying that, though, The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave is much leaner than Thai Cave Rescue.
Mainly this is because it jumps straight into the disaster and doesn’t leave the audience waiting for something to develop. With one-to-one interviews with members of the Wild Boars football team, it also feels much more personal than the series; as for the documentary itself, The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave is very much what you’d expect. There are reenactments, interviews, and a chronological explanation of the events that led to the football team becoming trapped in the cave.
Overall, the documentary fully explains the harrowing tale that everyone had to go through to help free the trapped boys. Not only do we witness the horrid situations they had to endure in the cave. But we learn about the emotional stress it had on the boy’s families.
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