Indispensable documentary and cautionary tale on the dangers of mountaineering. The dilemma adds an element of contention to the decisions made by each climber. A thrilling tale worthy of academic deconstruction.
dry and to-the-point shots carry you through a re-enactment of the events, interspersed with closeup interview footage. the story told within is a fantastic tale of human perseverance (and reminds me of a chapter from antoine de st.-exupery's wind sand and stars) but i felt the reenactment felt unnatural. also, probably a bit longer than it needed to be.
"When you stop making decisions, you're stuffed". That line went through me like an ice pick. We're all stuck on a ledge in the dark at some point - this terribly well put together film is a fable for life. It says, you need a lot of guts, good luck and tremendous determination to make it out. I thought about this film for days after, wondering what I would do - wondering what I am doing.
Extremes lead to life or death, and here a man must go through an extreme ordeal to save himself. Makes me question: 'is life really worth all that effort?' Yes. Crazy as it is to say it, life is. I shall crawl on my stomach through crevasse and rock, alone, so I may cherish life.
I usually don't like sports films, neither endurance films, especially if either are plied with a constant, Hollywoodesque tear-in-the-eye effect. This film, however, is a far cry from those ones. It's gripping, scary, honest and human. It touches upon the breadth of trust and survival.