“The Rescue,” the award-winning documentary from Academy Award-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, December 3.
“The Rescue” premiered to rave reviews at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Other audience awards won on the festival circuit include Camden Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Bend Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and several others. The film premiered in theaters on October 8, 2021 and is one of only three documentaries to cross the $1M mark in theatrical ticket sales at the box office this year. “The Rescue” currently has a 100% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin were also named Best Directors at the 2021 Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards.
“At its core, ‘The Rescue’ is a story about a collection of people of all different nationalities, languages and cultures working together to achieve a common goal,” said Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. “In making the film, we were reminded of the beauty of humanity, especially after the last several years where the world has seemed more divided than ever before. We are thrilled to be able to bring the film to audiences across the country and around the world through Disney+ and allow viewers everywhere to discover this extraordinary story of human triumph and compassion for themselves.”
In the summer of 2018, a short outing after soccer practice became a two-week saga of survival and a story that soon captured the world’s attention. Monsoon rains had trapped twelve boys and their coach in a labyrinthian cave in Northern Thailand, and within days thousands of people had descended on the area to try to help. But were the boys even still alive? Anticipation and anguish hung in the air until they were found, trapped in a pitch-black chamber two kilometers deep into the cave. The next question – immediate, obvious, and confounding – was how to get them out.
“The Rescue” is a dramatic and emotional retelling of one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues in modern times. With exclusive interviews and a wealth of never-before-seen material, the film takes us into the infamous cave, highlights the efforts of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs and US Special Forces, and details the expert cave divers’ audacious venture to dive the boys to safety. The film keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as it shines a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys. In the tradition of their earlier films “Free Solo” and “Meru,” Vasarhelyi and Chin document a profoundly daring physical feat, laying bare the details of the seemingly impossible rescue.
Watch the official trailer for The Rescue.