The Rescue

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Inspiring, gripping doc full of real-life lessons; language.

PG 2021 114 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 12+

Rated PG-12 (sustained threat, emotionally intense scenes).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - The general subject matter of the film involves young children in peril, with the constant threat that they could die at any moment after being trapped in a flooding cave for over two weeks. There is real footage as well as reenactment scenes which depict the lengthy rescue that took place over the course of many days. Despite this, the film heavily focuses on the bravery of the people who helped get them to safety. There are also some emotionally intense and upsetting moments, including when the divers meet the malnourished boys for the first time, as well as when one of the rescuers was revealed to have died from lack of oxygen while trying to assist the rescue. | OTHER ISSUES - There is one censored use of strong language ("f*ck"), used incidentally and casually during an interview while someone is quoting what was said to them. There is also occasional use of other mild language ("sh*t", "bullsh*t" etc). There are also references to and use of medical drugs as the boys are sedated in order to be safely rescued from the caves. | RATED "PG-12" - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for children under 12. Contains some content generally suitable for persons aged 12 years and over, and parents/guardians are strongly advised to watch the film with any person below that age.
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