What to Watch on Prime Video: Thirteen tells the story of a boys’ soccer team that gets stuck in a Thailand cave system, trapped with little food and rising waters. In the summer of 2018, the boys’ soccer team and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave system to throw a birthday party. While the oldest boy was 16, the youngest was only 11. Several of the boys could apparently not swim either.
The subsequent rescue attempts made headlines across the globe and were closely followed on social media. After the tragic deaths of two divers searching the caves, the group was finally rescued after 18 days in the cave. MGM acquired the rights to the story in 2020, and filming began in March 2021 in Australia before moving to Thailand.
Directed by academy award-winning director Ron Howard, the filmmaker has concentrated on making and producing a slew of well-received documentary films, including 2019’s Pavarotti, about the life of the world-famous Italian tenor, Rebuilding Paradise (2020), about the Californian town of the same name that was destroyed during the 2018 wildfires, and this year’s We Feed People, about the exploits of the humanitarian aid organization World Central Kitchen.
Howard made his first foray into the survival genre with his latest project, Thirteen Lives, which premiered this past month.
Howard’s star quality has attracted some big names to Thirteen Lives. Chief among them are Viggo Mortensen and Colin Ferrel.
Also starring in the movie are Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, and Thai actor Sukollawat Kanarot.
Since Amazon’s recent acquisition of MGM earlier this year, the movie’s release was significantly pushed back. The film will now see a limited release in American theaters, thus ensuring eligibility for next year’s awards season. Thirteen Lives was released globally on Amazon Prime Video on August 5, 2022.