Top positive review
A powerful and unforgettable piece of work.
8 October 2018
I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend and ended up watching it with her, and all I can say is wow! Although, a documentary charting the perilous journey to ascend the West Face of Siula Grande in Peru, it bears the hallmarks of a tense, edge of the seat survival film.
The dramatic re-enactments of the events that transpired during the two mountaineers’ attempt are brilliantly realised, and one cannot help but feel enormous admiration for what happened, and the manner in which they both dealt with the proceedings. These nerve shredding glimpses are ably supported by on screen recollections by the actual men who took on the challenge before them, and it adds an authenticity to the story. Despite being able to foresee the eventual outcome of the subject matter at hand, as a viewer I was still in awe and gripped by what occurred, and most likely you will be too.
Directed by Kevin McDonald; who would later go onto direct The Last King Of Scotland among others, it is no surprise that this film is universally acknowledged to be one of the best documentaries ever made. Even after 15 years, it is still a powerful and unforgettable piece of work.