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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

MERU [2015]

Meru is a frighteningly riveting documentary from crazed mountaineer Jimmy Chin & his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
Three well-experienced mountain climbers decide to climb the shark's fin of  Mount Meru in the Indian Himalayas but, like everyone before them, fail to reach their goal.  After suffering some life-altering tragedies and with all odds against them, the three decide to make another attempt, no matter how insane it may seem.
How much you understand the way these men think will have direct effect on how much you'll get out of the film.  Many will write them off as reckless madmen, while others will admire their determination to overcome their troubling obstacles, both mental and physical, in order to succeed.  This isn't an action movie but it got my heart rate going a helluva lot faster than a lot of Hollywood explosions have tried to do.

3½ vertical mountainside camp-outs out of 5

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