Genre: Documentary, Action, Adventure
Duration: 87 minutes
India Release Date: TBD
Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount MERU, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.
Overall Review: MERU is a mountain on the knife-edge of the Himalayas in Northern India, near the headwaters of the sacred Ganges river. At 21,000 feet, it is nearly seven thousand feet less than Everest, but while the more famous mountain attracts thousands of climbers every year, the pinnacle of Meru (aka The Shark’s Fin) had never been reached by human beings. It’s described as the anti-Everest, a non-tourist destination with no guides and no way stations. You’re on your own: there are no sherpas to carry your stuff, temperatures can drop below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the ascent requires mastery of all climbing disciplines—ice, rock, big wall—and a comfort doing all of it at high altitude. You have to be OK with sleeping in a Portaledge that hangs off the side of a rock face, 20,000 feet in the air, because there’s nowhere remotely horizontal to pitch a tent. Documentary revolves around three mountain climbers who attempt to reach the top of an impossible mountain. Despite failing to reach the top their first time around, the impossible task does not stop them from trying again. Films talks about dreams, goals, dedication, friendship, mentorship & hardship. When I got an opportunity to watch this documentary, it made me think over other films (related to the mountain climbing: Into The Thin Air, Everest, Cliff Hanger, Vertical Limit etc.) that they are way off the chart if compares to this one, plain and simple. The stories are real- The characters are real- The scenery is off the charts beautiful.
Performance & Technical Review: MERU is a visually stunning journey accompanied by brave and inspiring fellows. There are breathtaking camera shots; especially the shots of the climbers on the walls of ice and rock are astounding, gut-wrenching and completely inspiring. Camera work is so sharp and beautiful. Edited by Bob Eisenhardt & Vasarhelyi, film is developed into a gripping three-part narrative structure.
PDF Verdict: MERU – An Unpredictable Edgy Adventure that will make your heart skip a beat or two. Films talks about dreams, goals, dedication, friendship, mentorship & hardship. I think this is one of the most INSPIRING film in recent times with more purity.
Ratings: 5 on 5
Performance: 5 on 5
Script: 5 on 5
Screenplay: 5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 5 on 5