Free Solo- Movie Review

Directors: E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin;
Cast: Alex Honnold, Jimmy Chin, Dierdre Wolownick and Sanni McCandles

The first shot of this documentary is disorienting as well as jaw dropping. The top angle shot, with the camera floating out of the edge of a cliff capturing rock climber Alex Hannold astutely manoeuvring his way to the top of the cliff, gets you drawn to the screen.

The following shots clearly show how, with no life supports, Alex dexterously free climbs the most spectacular and arguably longest and hardest sandstone climb in the world. This (free solo – a form of rock climbing) is arguably one of the most dangerous, death defying sports as the climber or free soloist performs alone and without using any ropes, harnesses or any other protective equipment, relying entirely on their ability instead.

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