Touching The Void details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Richard Hawkins, Nicholas Aaron, Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey|
|Collections:||LUTA Presents... Fist Pumping Films|
Touching The Void
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Sep 2007|
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Tired of standard Hollywood fare? don't despairBy Colgy from Antrim , 19 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]In todays mass-market movie industry the consumer must be satisfied. Unfortunately the majority of films are made to provide an experience akin to a visit to a fast food restaurant. The industry has become homogenised, providing a comfortable, but ultimately forgettable movie-going experience. Sometimes though, if you ignore the hype and marketing blitz of the Hollywood machine, there are movie culinary treats made to a different recipe. Touching the Void is one of them.
There exists a certain group of people who take huge risks in the pursuit of adventure. People that do not procrastinate over the realisation of their dreams, rather they are driven to explore the limits of their capabilities. Such people have forced the development of the human race. Two of these special breed are Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. In 1985 the duo set out to climb the unconquered west face of Siula Grande, and disaster ensues. This is not a film in the conventional sense, it is a drama-documentary that blends reconstructions and interviews from both Joe and Simon. The climbing scenes are truly magnificent, climbers scaling near vertical rock and ice with dizzying, sweeping camera angles highlighting the perils they face.
Both climbers recount their stories with sensitivity and understatement. The telling of their struggle to save themselves demonstrates their strength of character. Their story of survival is inspiring, showing us that we can achieve the seemingly impossible with a slice of luck and no small measure of heart and perseverance.
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Stunning mountaineering dramaBy fastforwardfan (51 reviews) , 09 Nov 2013Absolutely brilliant dramatization of Simpson's book about the ill fated climb in the Andes an epic tale of human endurance. Echo's of Mallory and Irvine in the story. Simpson is not the most likeable character and I think Yates was unfairly criticised by some as the man who cut the rope but whilst some think he could have done a bit more to find Simpson after, he believed he was dead so why would he? The extras are a must as well as the return to the scene is very emotional in unexpected ways.
Very goodBy a customer , 24 Sep 2013I was gripped with this film. It shows what happened with such drama and vividness that i almost felt what was happening. I'd defo recommend that you rent this title out and give it a shot, i'm sure you'll like it, if not love it!
The Pain is Visceral.By a customer , 27 Mar 2013I'm no film critic so I can't tell you how the acting is derived from the French New Wave, or that the subtext takes Othello as its' theme, but what I can say is that this is a great film that shows how thin the thread of life can be, and that decisions, no matter how small can have life changing consequences. The thing I took away from this film is that friendship is precious, guilt can't easily be assuaged and that life is worth the fight. Finally, it's so much more gripping for being based on real events.
High DramaBy buffyrules (368 reviews) from southend on sea , 15 Jun 2012Amazing story well told and far better than any other docu drama that I've seen. Although I felt little sympathy for the climber's gung ho attitude and lack of excitement when they reached the summit, I still had empathy with what they endured. Well worth watching.
Mountain fear factor!By Scooper (35 reviews) from Altrincham , 05 Jun 2012You have to see this film because you are with the adventurous pair all the way as their climb gets more and more off track until in the end you cannot believe anyone will survive this.
Real life events are more gripping than any contrivance despite the best efforts of script writers.
The actual locations are used to recreate the dramatic events in the Andes, so the whole thing has an authentic feel to it. I am seriously NOT going mountain climbing after seeing this!