Have You Watched “The Rescue”? (My Thoughts)

We recently watched an incredible documentary about the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a submerged cave in 2018.

This is a jaw-dropping film. I thought I knew what had happened, but I vastly underestimated just how dire the situation was, not to mention the volume of support and ingenuity that was required to even find the boys, much less attempt to extract them.

Even the movie poster itself doesn’t convey just how deep the team was in the cave–they were over a kilometer away from the only entrance.

I don’t want to spoil much at all–really, go to Disney+ and watch this film–but I wanted to mention one moment that really stood out to me. Midway through the documentary, the divers run into a problem they cannot solve. As they talk to some of the other people on site, someone challenges them to “imagine the impossible.” Instead of solving a problem for which there is no logical solution, pretend that anything is possible. When they do, they have a truly remarkable breakthrough.

I don’t think I’ve encountered many problems that feel truly impossible, but I really like that style of brainstorming. Challenge logic and assumptions to see what emerges from the depths of our minds. I’ll try that in the future.

Did you watch The Rescue? What stood out to you the most? The comments are a spoiler-friendly area.

3 thoughts on “Have You Watched “The Rescue”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. Absolutely loved it! Saw it in theaters and couldn’t believe it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. I’m very curious if there’s any point in watching the new 13 Lives movie version because of how good the documentary was.
    My most memorable moment was the part where they basically had to guess at the formula for the drug to inject them all with, just kind of winging it. Amazing.
    I don’t remember the specific “imagine the impossible” moment that you mention though. Can you remind me what it was?

    • I’m curious about the movie too. I’m guessing they’ll show more from the perspective of the 13 people, as we didn’t see much from their perspective in the documentary.

      The moment I’m referring to is in reference to figuring out how to get the kids out for over a kilometer of underwater traversal, especially given how much they’d seen the 3 trapped workers struggle when they were under water for 45 seconds or so. I think it was an American marine who challenged them to imagine the impossible, and that’s when one of the divers thought of the anesthetic.

      • Ah, right. Thanks! I will also watch the movie at some point and I’ll let you know what I think if you haven’t seen it by then.


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