North Face – Movie Review
Set in 1936, centers around four mountain climbers who attempt to climb the north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland and the tragic events that follow.
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North Face is based on a true story and is set in the Swiss Alps in 1936, on Eiger Mountain, which is probably the most famous of all the Alps. It’s the jagged, craggy one that you always see in pictures, and it had never been successfully climbed as many men died in attempt. So, Nazi Germany decided that what they really wanted to do is get two young Germans to climb Eiger and reach the top, and then it should show the superiority of the Third Reich. So, two young men actually get talked into it, and it turns out that there are two Austrians who also get talked into it. The movie is set at the base of the mountain in a hotel, in which a lot of wealthy people came and basically just watched through telescopes the ascent of these young men up Eiger. And for a while it looked like the two young Germans were going to make it, and then the two Austrians were coming up, following their path, and then sort of combined to be a team. And then disaster struck. Apparently, this is a very well-known story in Germany, although until seeing this film I’ve never heard anything about it. I have seen the Imax movie Everest probably eight times, and I have two competing feelings about it. On the one hand, I think of how beautiful it is to be at the top of the world, and the second I think of how crazy people must have to be to do this sort of thing. And I think you come away with exactly the same feelings after watching this film.I mean, calling people heroic who try to do something incredibly difficult that they probably have no business doing I’m not sure is the definition of heroic. However, it’s a very good movie. Four stars.