Touching the Void
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In 1985, two adventurous young mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, set off to climb the treacherous west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. They were experienced climbers, and climbed "Alpine-style," climbing the mountain in "one great push," without setting up ropes or base camps ahead of time. After dealing with a snowstorm and some dangerous climbing over powder formations, they reached the summit (about 21,000 feet) on the third day. The climb down proved to be far more difficult. Simpson fell and broke his leg badly. Yates decided to try to lower… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Most movies of this type re-create the action far from the actual scene of the crime, but Macdonald has invented a new subgenre: a docudrama in which the docu and the drama are equally authentic."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Excruciatingly tense story of a terrible accident."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This harrowing, white-knuckle tale of human endurance and gut-wrenching dilemma mingles the dramatization of these events and interviews with both climbers into an unforgettable, sometimes comically deadpan nightmare."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"It's certainly a far better thriller than anything Hollywood has churned out lately."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Awesome and harrowing."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically -- as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
""Void" plummets into the nucleus of instinct and consciousness - survival a near-primordial pursuit beyond bravery or weakness. It concocts no comfort about what was gained, but stares in transfixed, unforgettable awe at the horror of all that was lost."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"A slow starter which builds into a chilling depiction of the agonising disintegration of body and mind as they are exposed to the elements."
‑ Ed Halliwell, Empire Magazine
"This is a gripping tale of courage and survival with gorgeous cinematography."
‑ Tony Medley, tonymedley.com
"As a meditation on extreme human endeavour, character, friendship and the mysteries revealed by facing death, it provides much food for thought."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
""Touching the Void" towers above the rest of that rarest of all film genres, the docudrama."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"About a primal war waged by man against both himself and the natural world that surrounds him."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"With his new film Macdonald has achieved, if not physical elevation, then at least spiritual soaring."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, SPLICEDWire
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