180 South (2010)




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Inspired by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins' 1968 excursion into Patagonia, adventurer Jeff Johnson sets out to retrace the footsteps of his heroes' arduous trek as filmmaker Chris Malloy follows with camera in hand. But despite the thrill of surfing the biggest wave he's ever encountered, Johnson quickly discovers just how treacherous things can get when you decide to challenge Mother Nature's majesty; in addition to enduring some particularly rough waters just off the coast of Easter Island, he quickly discovers that conquering Cerro Corcovado is no simple task. Later, during a face-to-face meeting with Chouinard and Tompkins, Johnson learns how their lifelong quest to explore everything that nature has to offer eventually lead them on a drive to ensure that the places they visited over the years will be preserved for future generations of explorers to discover.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for 180 South

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A beautiful mess with a point of view that's way too easily distracted.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
Seattle Times
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The film's a meandering affair. The camera's attention flits here and there -- Look! A mountain! Look! A valley! Look! A beach!

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Eco-minded travel docu inspires serious wanderlust.

Full Review… | July 2, 2012
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

June 1, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

May 20, 2010
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Samuel Hunter
Samuel Hunter

Inspiring travel documentary with an awesome soundtrack including Ugly Casanova that captures the feel of the trip.

Walter Kovacs
Walter Kovacs

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.

Jeff Lowery
Jeff Lowery

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