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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Brendan Mackey
Nicholas Aaron
Joe Simpson.
Directors
Kevin Macdonald.
Screenwriters
Running Time
106 minutes

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Touching The Void


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Plot
Two mountaineering buddies hit catastrophe when one breaks his leg near the top of a remote Peruvian mountain. The other tries to lower his partner to safety, but disaster strikes again when the injured party is dangled over a 150-foot ice cliff. Does the healthy climber allow himself to be dragged to his death, or cut the rope and send his doomed friend spiralling into the void?


Review
Following several abortive attempts to transfer Joe Simpson's mountaineering bestseller to the screen (at one point Tom Cruise was attached to star), Touching The Void finally makes its appearance in docudrama format, with British Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September) behind the camera.

It's not difficult to see why Hollywood screenwriters struggled with Simpson's story of disaster and endurance on Peru's forbidding Siula Grande peak. The protagonists barely speak to each other and, aside from two perilous falls, there's little in the way of traditional action.

However, Macdonald overcomes this headache by blending interviews with the survivors into his well-crafted reconstruction, and the result is as much an exploration of ethics and psychology as it is of uncommon human endurance.

Though it takes a while to empathise with these curiously detached characters, the internal tension of the climbing psyche ultimately proves as gripping as the physical horror suffered on the mountain.


Verdict
A slow starter which builds into a chilling depiction of the agonising disintegration of body and mind as they are exposed to the elements.


Reviewed by Ed Halliwell

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Posted by soulfood at 19:11, 22 April 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

Thanks , PG. Like they say in China...... man. ... More

Posted by wgamador at 20:17, 10 February 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

L: wgamador L: kirk indeed it does, it is such a great film, how can anyone say this isnt a gret story, if this was put just in to a film....like the shocking vertical limit, then mabye it wud be good this film is brilliant, using great actors, locations, and documentaions and just great directing........ possibly one of the finest documentry's ever...... if you get a chance read some of his books brilliant. hats up Cool Kirk. Tell me more about the books bi... More

Posted by Peter Griffin at 08:32, 10 February 2006 | Report This Post


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L: kirk indeed it does, it is such a great film, how can anyone say this isnt a gret story, if this was put just in to a film....like the shocking vertical limit, then mabye it wud be good   this film is brilliant, using great actors, locations, and documentaions and just great directing........   possibly one of the finest documentry's ever......   if you get a chance read some of his books     brilliant. p; Whats up Cool Kirk. Tell me more... More

Posted by wgamador at 21:07, 09 February 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

L: wgamador Friggin' Awesome !! says it all right there ... More

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Posted by Zaphod121 at 18:01, 08 February 2006 | Report This Post


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L: Peter Griffin L: rudeboy The worst kind of documentary is one where you come out having actually learned nothing.  This dull and uninformative film is one of those.  It would help if the mountaineers had just a smidgen of charisma between them.  The Boney-M moment raises a chuckle. Sigh...t documentary,anyone who likes this should pick up One Day in September ote]   e=4]The mountaineers had no charisma because they really didnt know one another, they knew... More

Posted by wgamador at 20:35, 07 February 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

L: rudeboy The worst kind of documentary is one where you come out having actually learned nothing.  This dull and uninformative film is one of those.  It would help if the mountaineers had just a smidgen of charisma between them.  The Boney-M moment raises a chuckle. Sigh...t documentary,anyone who likes this should pick up One Day in September ... More

Posted by Peter Griffin at 16:23, 07 February 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

Dude, whats to learn? This is a great story of survival. And you know what, I did learn something.... e=4]!!!!DO NOT GO MOUNTAIN CLIMBING!!!!] e=4]]  e=4]]  ... More

Posted by wgamador at 15:19, 07 February 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

The worst kind of documentary is one where you come out having actually learned nothing.  This dull and uninformative film is one of those.  It would help if the mountaineers had just a smidgen of charisma between them.  The Boney-M moment raises a chuckle. ... More

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Posted by rudeboy at 10:15, 03 February 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Touching The Void

Friggin' Awesome !! Its like a documentary but its a film too....great behind the scenes features and what happened next featurette on the DVD! If you have not heard abou this movie, watch it....its like "ALIVE" but without the Hollywood. You will not believe this story..... Two associates through mountain climbing embark on a journey to conquer one of the most challenging and deadly mountain climbs.........on the way down they both encounter some heavy , heavy misfortune......one has ... More

Posted by wgamador at 20:37, 02 February 2006 | Report This Post



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