Final Ascent

2019

Final Ascent

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The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car -- from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend Johnny Cunningham, and almost stole the peak before Hillary and Tenzing. As an explorer, expedition leader and engineer he achieved world fame. As inventor of the all metal ice axe, author of the International Mountain Rescue Handbook and founder of Glencoe Mountain Rescue he has been responsible for saving hundreds of lives, if not thousands. But at the age of 84, his accomplishments could not save him from being institutionalized against his will, suffering from delirium. After a spell in psychogeriatric detainment in a hospital in the Highlands of Scotland, during which he made many escape attempts -- he emerged to find his memory gone. This film tells the story of his life by mirroring his greatest challenge: to recover his memories and rescue himself.

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  • As a cinematic character he's a bit underwhelming, despite his manifold accomplishments, gear inventions, designs for rescue gurneys and mountaineering achievements.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A worthwhile undertaking.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film charts [MacInnes's] remarkable attempt to rescue himself from personal oblivion by re-engaging with his well-documented past - something the film smartly uses as a cue to look back at his incredible life and career.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Adventure may have fallen out of fashion but back in the days of Hamish [MacInnes's] youth such stories saw cinemas packed full every night. If every film today were as delightful as this one, they would be again.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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