The Trapped 13: How We Survived the Thai Cave Brings Fresh Perspective to a Familiar Story
In the four years since 13 young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team became trapped in a flooded cave for 18 world-captivating days, there have been no shortage of film and TV adaptations of the incident. To merely scratch the surface, there was the 2019 film The Cave, there was The Rescue (Free Solodirecting team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s NatGeo-produced doc) and, most recently, there was Thirteen Lives, director Ron Howard’s big-budget, star-studded dramatization of the perilous rescue mission. But all of these on-screen endeavors are missing one crucial component: The perspective of the survivors. This was no creative choice. Not long after the incident took place, Netflix locked down exclusive rights to the boys’ stories, making it so every other take on the event—even Howard’s $55 million dollar endeavor—had to almost entirely circumvent any depiction of the victims.
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