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Documentary | Adventure
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
106 min
IMDB Rating:
8.1 / 10 
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Directors: Kevin Macdonald [Director] ,

Movie Description:
In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevasse and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. This is the story of how he got back down.


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A must see history. It's shocking, it's real!

Yes, I said history, with an "H", cause it's not a fictional story. But don't expect some Hollywood phony "based-on-real-events" cliché like "Erin Brockovich", which I hated, by the way. "Touching the Void" could easily air on the Discovery Channel, cause it's more like a re-enactment of the real events than the ordinary movie, with the made up characters to dramatize.

Said that, don't be fooled: this history doesn't need any script writers to make it interesting. It stands alone.

Follow the two English climbers to the Andes and you will get a life lesson and an entertaining movie for the price of one, when Simon has to cut off the rope of his still very much alive fellow climber to a hopeless fall, only to find he survived.

i hate mountain climbing films

so i was completely and utterly amazed by my response to this movie... i guess i haven't explored the genre but the two men who survived were so HONEST!... it was refreshing to hear the way they spoke, of secretly wanting to leave the other man to die, but persisting because it was the right and humane thing to do... what courage it takes to admit that!... and to admit that you're stubborn and arrogant... that you were completely broken... it's rare to hear sportsmen talk this way...

and they didn't seem to exude that attitude that non-climbers wouldn't understand, or that they were somehow superior to us ordinary folk (despite joe's self-confessed ego)... some interviews with climbers annoy me, but these guys were amazing...

the sheer emotion they conveyed with the simultaneous reenactments and the articulate commentary was astounding... i was gritting my teeth at the implied pain and frustration and even became somewhat emotional at the reunion...

this documentary has palpable, white-lightning power, and it will remain with you long after you've seen it... it's quite unlike anything i've viewed before...
Even for those who cannot understand why anyone would attempt to risktheir life to climb a peak that most will never even know about, thisfilm is a true eye-opener. It will show you the part of climbing thatmany amateurs such as I will only read about..and now, through dramaticreenactments as described by the survivors, see in this film. Thebeauty of the mountain is juxtaposed in tense dramatic fashion by thetwo climbers struggle to survive. In pitting human against nature, itwill force the viewer to confront themselves with the fundamentalprinciple of American culture--the morality of self-interested,rational behavior. As the law prof reviewer suggested, you may comeaway from this film with a different outlook on "acceptable" behaviorin an ethical sense.
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