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'The 33' review: Antonio Banderas leads cast of trapped Chilean miners

'The 33' review: Antonio Banderas leads cast of trapped Chilean miners

Going into "The 33," we know a few things. We know it'll be tense, and largely subterranean. We know it's a bad-news/good-news story, in that order, about the 2010 mine explosion and cave-in stranding 33 workers for 69 excruciating days in the depths of a gold and copper mine in Chile's Atacama Desert.

The ordeal and eventual rescue of all 33 became the stuff of gripping reality television around the world. Mining is innately risky work, especially in mines with lousy safety records; here was a story revealing that danger, with a happy ending.

"The 33" dramatizes and largely falsifies that reality, with a frustratingly blurred sense of the conflicts below...

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