To the Limit (2008)
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Critic Reviews for To the Limit
Director Pepe Danquart and his cinematographers give us lots of splendid mountainscapes, but more importantly, they put the cameras right there with the climbers; we see, up close, every strained muscle and grimace.
There could be more, but what is here is beautifully gripping.
In To the Limit, Thomas and Alexander Huber run up rocks the way some of us run up credit cards -- rapidly, fearlessly and with little regard for consequences.
Many American sports documentaries tend to fall into a predictable inspirational rut, no matter how stunning the footage. Pepe Danquart's To the Limit from Germany looks great, but it's an altogether different animal.
There is more to To The Limit than just pretty pictures. The movie is both a study in human endurance and a sketch of two men whose fraternal love sometimes curdles into disgust.
Audience Reviews for To the Limit
This is definitely one IMax movie that will take your breath away and leave you in awe. I saw it at the Fleet museum in San Diego where the dome theater is one of the best anywhere. Truly an awesome experience.
This documentary follows two Bavarian brothers on their climbing trips around the world and particularly their biggest challenge: to climb a peak in Yosemite Park that usually takes 5 days in 2 and a half hours. The landscape shots are stunningly beautiful, the soundtrack nice, the climbing scenes dizzying and spectacular. Their final attempt to tackle the speed climb record is exciting and exhausting to watch. Sadly, the middle part of the film is somewhat slow with too much personal talking going on. That said, the cinematography is so fantastic that many scenes of this will probably be hard to forget. Worth checking out.
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