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?

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"The Dawn Wall" transcends initial conventional sports documentary trappings, emerging as an affecting portrait of conquering personal limitations.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Stuffed with drama, both climbing-related and not.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

A riveting and spectacular documentary ...

Mar 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.

Mar 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Spectacular cinematography married to a compelling personality with an amazing life story makes this one of the best documentaries of 2018.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

One of a kind...striking

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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