Monday, February 22, 2016

The 33

This is the true story of 33 Chilean miners that were trapped over 2,000 feet below the surface after a collapse in a gold and copper mine.  I remember when it all happened, but had never really given much thought to what they experienced or how almost impossible the task was to drill and rescue them.  Also, what their family members were going through during the whole ordeal.  It’s amazing they were able to survive with the small amount of food they had, the extreme temperatures they were dealing with, and that they were able to be rescued at all.  There was also a lot happening on the surface with trying to mount the rescue and deciding if it was even worth trying.  I can’t imagine being trapped and spending 69 days underground hoping to be rescued while trying to survive.  I’m sure this movie just barely covers what it was actually like for them, but I definitely have a whole new appreciation for everything they all experienced!

Our Brand Is Crisis

This movie bombed at the box office!  I’m not sure why I even wanted to watch it – maybe because I like Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton – or maybe I was just curious.  They both play rival political consultants working for presidential candidates in Bolivia who will stop at nothing to get their candidates elected.  With how shady everyone was, it all reminded me of watching an attorney defending someone everyone knows is guilty.  It also reminded me of our own political system here, too.  Things can be twisted to make them appear however you want them to and there are a million different ways to do it!  Eventually, you can see that she’s starting to wonder what she’s doing and how moral and ethical it all is.  I wasn’t too sure about it early on, but I’d say this film completely had me by the end!  I don’t know when or how exactly, but it did win me over.  Big time!