Thailand Cave Rescue is a Great Survival Story That Should Become a Film

Unstable water levels, decreasing oxygen percentage, 12 children and coach, trapped. There’s nothing more heart racing than watching a movie inspired by a real survival tale. Could the Thailand Cave Rescue be the perfect opportunity for a new, thrilling adventure feature film?


In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue teams arrange water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. (Royal Thai Navy via AP)

The Thai cave rescue story has flooded the news around the world for the past week. 12 boys and their coach were trapped after adventuring into the Tham Luang Cave, a hotspot for many tourists. The rescue mission, unfolding in thrilling detail on our news channels, has all the components of a great, thrill-inducing adventure/survival thriller movie: dwindling air supply, NAVY seals, a fatality, treacherous diving journeys, threatening monsoon rains, the list of horrors goes on.

Miraculously, all 12 boys and their coach were rescued on the 10th of July despite odds stacked against them. Volunteers and workers on the mission were praised and commemorated for putting their lives on the line for the difficult rescue. Who doesn’t like a happy ending?

The team of 12 boys aged from 11-16 covered in hypothermia blankets. Image sourced from Sky News.

Inspired by this story, we have pulled together four must-see survival movies that are based on true stories:

Alive (1993):

In 1972, the Uruguayan Rugby Team were flying to their next match in Chile when their plane, containing 45 passengers, crashed into the Andes Mountains. Only 16 of the passengers survived, made possible only through the horrific means of cannibalism.

Ethan Hawke, Jack Noseworthy, Kevin Breznahan, Gordon Currie, Gian DiDonna and Bruce Ramsay on set of Alive – Sourced from IMDB

127 Hours (2010):

A true account of mountain climber, Aron Ralston’s, life-changing adventure. While climbing up an isolated narrow canyon, a rock slips and a boulder falls, trapping Ralston’s arm against the wall. He reminisces about his life and eventually decides to take desperate and painful measures to free himself.

James Franco as Aron Ralstone in 127 Hours. Sourced from: IMDB.

Touching the Void (2003):

Set in the 1980s, this documentary feature follows two friends, Joe and Simon, as they attempt to climb the summit of Siula Grande in Peru. Over a blistering 3 days, the pair reach the peak but trouble strikes on their descent; Joe falls and breaks his leg. As they attempt their descent by rope, Joe ends up in an overhang, with no possible way of climbing back up, and Simon makes the hard decision to cut Joe from the rope. Miraculously Joe survives, and this is the story of how he managed to make his own way down.

Touching the Void (2003). Image source – IMDB.

Rescue Dawn (2006):

While bombing Laos in a classified mission, the plane of a German-American US NAVY pilot Dieter Dengler crashes into the jungle. He is captured and meets five other prisoners, becoming particularly close to Duane. They plan to make an escape but find themselves unexpectedly betrayed and left to survive in the jungle.

Steve Zahn and Christian Bale in Rescue Dawn (2006). Image source – IMDB.

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