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  Rated R · 90 minutes · 2015

You know a documentary is working when you see its subjects talking about events that have already happened, yet you’re still anxiously wondering if they’ll make it out alive. Co-directors Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi track the multi-year quest by alpinists Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk to conquer the never-before-summitted “shark fin” peak of India’s Mount Meru, through two separate attempts and several intervening near-disasters that could have killed one or more of them before they even had a chance to try. The filmmakers introduce just enough history to establish the three climbers as characters, while author Jon Krakauer serves as a terrific de facto narrator explaining the particular dangers of this mountain and the general drive that pushes climbers to extremes. But the real star is the intensity of Chin and Ozturk’s GoPro footage of the Meru expeditions, capturing not just the vertiginous reality of the climbs themselves, but the moments at rest when they have a chance to ponder dangers ahead, and how much they’re willing to risk for the chance to stand in a place where no one has ever stood before.


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Director: Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Producer: Jimmy Chin, Shannon Ethridge and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

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