Ben Oliver

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The Rescue

Only this group of people who do this as a weekend hobby have the skills.
25 January 2022

The story of the Tham Luang cave rescue, an operation to save 12 kids and their coach stuck in a flooded cave system in Thailand.

A remarkable documentary that stands out thanks to the sheer quantity of primary source footage available to the film makers. It feels like everyone involved in the rescue gets a word in, and the key parts of the mission were captured on film. It’s a shame they couldn’t get the rights to talk to any of the kids or their families.

As a film it’s not particularly innovative but the content speaks for itself. The ability for people to band together in the face of almost certain failure restores one’s faith in humanity.

Don’t go down caves, kids.