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The Dawn Wall (2018)




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In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?


Critic Reviews for The Dawn Wall

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

A riveting and spectacular documentary ...

March 20, 2018 | Full Review…

As the most genuine of crowd-pleasers, it will have you rooting instantly for the two hardworking, charismatic athletes. You'll start to root for the filmmaking, too.

March 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Dawn Wall is as thrilling as it is profound, proving that you don't need CGI and stunts to make a movie. It is, in other words, the real deal.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

In the End, watching The Dawn Wall becomes compulsive like a certain sort of computer game, the viewer effectively drawn into the climber's obsession.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The real-life events that led to The Dawn Wall are events that work best as a documentary...

March 16, 2018 | Full Review…

While The Dawn Wall brings you up close to the miraculous feat of Caldwell and Jorgeson, the backstory (particularly of Caldwell) is just as amazing.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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