Fascinatingly evokes not just the gruelling, first-person details of this particular polar expedition, but the waning moments of the entire spirit of romantic, white-European Boy's Own adventurism.
Beautifully blends interviews with scholars and descendants of that crew, still photos and movie film from the trip and re-creations of the events of the voyage.
Footage from a remarkable silent documentary has been combined with new photography, music and a narration to produce an even more remarkable sound documentary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Most of all, it is a salute to Shackleton himself, whose calm and grace under extreme pressure helped guarantee that not a single crew member would be lost.
Those who see Endurance, however, are not likely soon to forget what they see, even if they have some difficulty imagining how it could be possibly be true.
Anyone interested in great stories should be interested in this one.
The nail-biting quality of Shackleton's true story outdoes any dramatic fiction on the market.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
An engrossing chronicle of the legendary voyage.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's worth seeking out, definitely.
Aimed at a more adult audience than Adventure, Endurance has a haunting, melancholy quality.
The story to unfold elegantly, without embellishment, and it is more powerful for that restraint.
| Original Score: 4/4
Unimaginable, incredible, and harrowing beyond words.
What lifts this film above the usual public television documentary is the copious archival footage.
A gripping documentary tells the wrenching story of a 1914 polar expedition that was hell on ice.
The added material does little to diminish the story's epic punch and, if anything, magnifies its elegiac grandeur.
You become like a restless child at bedtime stilled and enraptured by the sheer power of narrative, and your skepticism is overwhelmed by a childlike greediness for vicarious adventure.
| Original Score: 4/5
Essential viewing not just for those fascinated by adventure, exploration and survival, but for anyone interested in the magic of leadership.
A testimony to the triumph of the human spirit, and a reminder that, under the right leadership, humankind is capable of virtually anything.
Should move you even if you're not familiar with the extensive literature and museum exhibition on the subject produced over the past few years.
A remarkable documentary.
An engrossing documentary.
| Original Score: B
Lucidly relates Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to cross the Antarctic continent by foot.