Out of the Dark

2018, Society  -   4 Comments
Storyline

Twelve children are trapped deep within a Thailand cave with their soccer coach. Torrential rains are expected, and will submerge the young boys unless a rescue mission is mounted as soon as possible. The documentary Out of the Dark recounts every detail of this astonishing 18-day ordeal that captivated the globe.

Once the location of the missing soccer team had been established - almost a full 10 days after they first entered the cave - Thai authorities joined with military forces from the United States and Britain, as well as a squad of the world's most experienced cave divers. Together, they attempted to draw up a realistic extraction plan.

Characterized by a treacherous labyrinth of jagged rock, tightly constricted travel routes and rising levels of potentially deadly pools of water, the cave presented rescuers with a unique set of challenges that made survival a dubious possibility at best. The plan of action was by no means foolproof, but it needed to be conducted confidently and without hesitation. Families of the imperiled, along with well wishers from around the world, could only sit by and hope for a miracle.

While these events were unfurling, news cameras were generally not allowed within the gated enclosures surrounding the cave. But this film provides unprecedented access to the drama experienced by rescuers, family members and other first-person witnesses. We see the parents of the trapped children as they set up camp at the rescue site, biding their time until they're allowed a glimpse of their child or any update in regards to their rescue.

Through a series of reflective interviews, the divers and other figures who performed valiantly on the front line of the mission speak of their daring acts of heroism in matter-of-fact tones, but each of them are well aware of the grave perils that awaited them as they attempted this ambitious rescue. These interviews are accentuated by pulse-pounding footage taken from the bowels of the caves.

The Thailand cave rescue culminated into one of the most hopeful and euphoric stories of recent times. Out of the Dark is a suspenseful and emotionally rewarding recapturing of these events.

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4 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Nichol

    Truely, one of the most incredible life-saving mission stories that I have ever seen. I don't smoke, but I feel like I could smoke a pack of cigarettes after watching this documentary. The teamwork involved in saving these boys and their coach deserves a humanitarian award. Bravo!

  2. FAHA

    As always the focus only on Western heroism !!

  3. User1

    Thanks for posting this video up! Glad to see it. This is a good first video, but I wish they would have told us more about the Thai SEALS. I'm betting they played a big part of prepping the kids on getting out safely. There's barely a mention of them.

    It would have been nice to get an idea what it was like for the kids the first 10 days in the cave. Like what kind of lighting did they have? Things like that. You know they thought they were going to be riding their bikes back home after getting out?

    1. Soccer dad

      Agree. Amazing documentary, but there is much more to the story. Would've been nice to know a lot more about the extraordinary coach, too, and the boys on the team. How did he keep a team of teenage boys so calm so long under such dire circumstances?