180 South (2010)
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Critic Reviews for 180 South
The film's a meandering affair. The camera's attention flits here and there -- Look! A mountain! Look! A valley! Look! A beach!
Documentary follows surfer/ rock climber/photographer Jeff Johnson as he attempts to replicate the 1968 sailing/climbing expedition of Yvon Chouinard ...and Doug Tompkins from California to the tallest mountain in Chilean Patagonia.
In addition to the film's gentle activism comes a lovely perspective on life and our orientation to consumption that almost feels like antidote to the destructive "progress" that bests the explorers' paths.
If we're going to keep getting documentaries about the environment -- and let's face it, we are -- 180 Degrees South suggests an original way to structure them.
Audience Reviews for 180 South
Even though it's about 30 minutes too long 180 Degrees South is a wonderful documentary. Boasting wonderful story telling and fantastic music, the first hour or so of the movie keeps the viewer captivated. Sadly, the lack of direction towards the end leads the viewer to boredom as well as some of the piss poor theology of the world. Regardless, 180 Degrees South is still an entertaining watch, and you cant beat the fact that the creators of Patagonia and North Face tag along for parts of the adventure.
Inspiring travel documentary with an awesome soundtrack including Ugly Casanova that captures the feel of the trip.
Interesting scenery and content, but nothing that will make this one stand out over time. Wasn't a big fan of the soundtrack though; it created a weird feel, and screamed "look how indie I am!!" Still, I enjoyed watching 180 South.
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