Movie Review of “Touching the Void”

The movie, “Touching the Void” was released in 2003 and is a documentary movie based on the book by “Joe Simpson” by the same name. It is a riveting tale of two young and ambitious climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who chose to climb the 6,344 meter Siula Grande located in the Peruvian Andes in the year 1985 (Mackey, Aaron and Simpson). The climb was a success but the descent was not as lucky for the two men when Simpson fell and injured himself and the series of events that followed became part of a mountaineering legend.

However, if it is the suspense that is desired from the movie, then there is nothing but disappointment for the viewer since the movie lacked the element of suspense since from the very beginning, it is clear that both the mountaineers will survive the treacherous descent. The actual mountaineers are played by actors Brendan Mackey and Nicholas Aaron as Simpson and Yates respectively. The actors recreate the series of events for the audience as the off-screen narration is provided by the actual mountaineers. A brief insight into the filming of the movie revealed that the mountain used to make the film was not only the actual Siula Grande of the Peruvian Andes but also Mount Blanc in the Alps. This also led to a marked decrease in the originality of the movie.

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