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Movies are forever trying to capture the essence of the human spirit, and by that measure, it's hard to imagine there was ever a story more tailor-made for the movies than the incredible 2010 Chilean mine rescue.You could say that such a movie writes itself, but that's not true – a cinematic portrayal of an event so recent needs to do something creative to move things forward, present a new angle, offer a different perspective.The empanada-seller Maria (Juliette Binoche) is an underdrawn role that never quite seems to fit.Above ground, where the desperate families have set up camp, and below, where 33 men are trapped 2,300 feet down in searing heat.It falls to Golborne to keep the family members – particularly the feisty, insistent Maria – informed, and at one point to convince even chief engineer Andre Sougarret (Gabriel Byrne, also underused) that hope is alive.This fantasy sequence is compelling but a bit jarring, too, considering the film's otherwise straightforward tone.
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