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Meru (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.

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In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights. (C) Music Box Films

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Are these guys nuts? Are their egos needy of self-affirmation? Or is there some higher purpose in such inexplicable endeavors? Do some people just have a genetic need to live on the edge?

Full Review… | September 11, 2015
Detroit News
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A triumph of editing and narrative beyond "Are you kidding me?" visuals, Meru is a climbing story with context; biographies are woven in incrementally.

Full Review… | September 4, 2015
Globe and Mail
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What drives these men? "Because it's there" merely scratches the surface. "Meru" may not answer the question completely - likely nothing can - but it is a thrilling, harrowing attempt.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Arizona Republic
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Chin and Ozturk capture both the astonishing views from the top of the world and soul-searching moments inside a cramped tent dangling from the side of the mountain like a used tea bag.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Toronto Star
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This is one of the most outstanding documentaries of the year.

September 2, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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Filmed with such grandeur and intimacy that sometimes attempting to figure out how they made the incredible shots almost spoils them.

Full Review… | August 27, 2015
Boston Globe
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Amid Everest type 'experience' films, numerous cookie cut docs on cable, MERU peaks further with three fascinating friends, high stakes situations, and intimate feelings on life and death. Seek it out, A genuine type of adrenaline awaits.

Jeff NYC
Jeff NYC

A focus on the men and not the mountain which is a draw back in this film. While the visuals are stunning, the men are...not so much. More National Geographic and less biopic.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Great, inspiring, guys are there shit. Only not a 5 because it doesn't have the excitement factor of sitting down to a favorite

Caleb Merkl
Caleb Merkl

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