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Gives a detailed look at how the cave rescue was planned and accomplished, as well as all the types of professionals involved and many obstacles to overcome. Offers a glimpse into how the political system of Thailand operates, shows what everyday life is like for lower-class families in Thailand.
Sometimes we choose family for ourselves. The coach tells the team, "It's all of us or none of us." It's OK to be afraid. Meditation will help calm your mind to help overcome fear.
Positive Role Models
Eak, the assistant coach, works hard to become a good leader and to instill a real sense of family in the team. He remains a strong, caring, brave leader throughout their ordeal. Many boys don't have much, but their families clearly work hard to give them what they can, including opportunity to play soccer. An older player literally gives the shirt off his back to a younger one because he's cold and not feeling well. The team and rescuers display extreme bravery as well as selflessness.
The majority of the cast is Thai. Both men and women play roles in saving the team. The show is unique among the many depictions of this dramatic story in that it's a Thai production and told largely from the perspective of the families involved.
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Violence & Scariness
A legend of murder and suicide that ends in a curse is recounted. A foreboding tone leads up to the cave flood; many scenes of peril follow as the coach and boys try to escape the cave. The boys are scared, hungry, and cold throughout but also have moments of levity. The cavernous system is referred to as "the monster" and the flood waters as "the evil in the monster." Boys scream as they run from a flash flood and cry that they don't want to die. During the rescue there's a devastating death and many scary situations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One short scene with a player and his girlfriend at a park.
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Boys occasionally tease each other or call one another minor names.
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Products & Purchases
Boys occasionally talk about Sponge Bob, KFC, and Doritos.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thai Cave Rescue recounts the perilous real-life rescue of a youth soccer team that was stuck in a dangerously flooded cave for 18 days in 2018. There's reference to suicide in a legend, and a devastating death does occur. The boys are scared, hungry, and cold during their ordeal, but they also have moments of levity. Both the members of the team and the rescuers display extreme bravery as well as selflessness.
Is It Any Good?
The suspense never lets up in this extraordinary mini-series, despite viewers knowing how it will end. Shot on location in Thailand, in part in the actual cave system that famously trapped the coach and 12 players of a Thai youth soccer team in 2018, this is the only telling of the story done with the involvement of those who were in the caves for 18 treacherous days. Along with Thai Cave Rescue's well-rounded depiction of what occurred during those two and a half weeks, the limited series also gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of the young boys involved, many of whom were living in poverty, and the struggles they faced before ever entering Tham Luang cave.
Filmed in Northern Thailand with a local cast speaking Thai throughout the series, and paying homage to the Thai way of life, the show is both astounding and deeply moving. A few scenes taking place as the storm builds and officials argue about what's to be done come across as sensational and over-the-top, but the actors portraying the soccer players, and especially the coach, stand out for their touching performances. The logistics of how the international rescue team overcame every obstacle are captivating in much the same way as Apollo 13. And, despite the persistent sense of peril, families will enjoy watching together as messages of bravery, teamwork, and selflessness appear again and again.
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