What starts with some background narration (made by uncredited actor John Malcovich) and a terrifying and expertly directed plane crash, the film is a fact-based story of a group of people trying desperately to survive in the remote, snowy Andes mountains.
The thing which makes this film so watchable is that what happens actually DID happen in 1972 to a group of young Uruagian rugby players and some of their friends and relatives on a way to a match in neighbouring Chile.
The film is emotional and shocking in some parts but this is all what makes "Alive" so engrossing as we follow the journeys made by the stronger survivors, the friendships made and the petty squables between contrasting characters.
The acting is excellent and there are many recognisable faces, including Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton who play the main two protagonists in the movie, and whose relationship changes as the story unfolds. Also the musical score (composed by James Netwon Howard) is uplifting and complements the film greatly.
This film is well worth a look, especially if you haven't seen it yet, and get a box of tissues if you're the weepy type!