Friday, 23 September 2011

Touching The Void (2003)

Tom :
Touching The Void,2003,USA
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Simon Yates and Joe Simpson

Kevin Macdonald's powerful BAFTA award winning documentary tells the story of two climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates who encountered a tragedy while trying to become the first men to climb the 6,344 meter Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. The Film is beautifully shot and photographed, the film is very insightful and gripping with interviews with the men involved along with re enactment from actors which gives the audience a more enthralling experience, although I didn't think the film really captured Simon Yates grueling experience and survival. I would have to liked know more about why Joe Simpson cut the rope his partner was hanging on while not fulling knowing if he was alive or not. Overall the film is a good Documentary, and a good watch, very powerful and inspirational. I would recommend this to fans of Survival stories and films like Danny Boyle's "127 Hours"

Tom's Rating : 3/4

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