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.
"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.
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.
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.
Quite an extraordinary film. The story it tells is one of the most incredible tales of survival I've ever heard, and it could have been done wrong in so many ways. For telling it as well as it could be told, this could be considered a perfect film.