Touching the Void

Mixing interviews with dramatic re-enactments of the event, this gripping docudrama retells the mountaineering trek gone awry of Simon Yates (Nicholas Aaron) and Joe Simpson (Brendan Mackey), who falls and breaks his leg while climbing in the Andes. Yates, who's tethered to him, attempts to lower him to safety but fails, forcing him to make a pivotal decision that may or may not save both of their lives. The question is, was it the right one?
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Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.
David Ansen, Newsweek
Awesome and harrowing.
Todd McCarthy, Variety  full review
The facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically -- as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker
For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel  full review
One of the most gripping and harrowing looks at mountain climbing ever filmed.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
An edge-of- the-seat, what-else- could-go- wrong thriller with the building momentum of fiction.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press  full review
If you walk away from Touching the Void amazed at the strength of the human will to survive, even without faith or solid hope for the future, the film has likely done its job.
Tom Long, Detroit News
Touching The Void takes us to both heaven and hell, and knowing the final result only serves to increase our sense of awe at the achievement.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
Riveting and remarkably unembellished.
Don Sapatkin, Philadelphia Inquirer
A wondrous recreation of that physical adventure.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
An amazing, mind-boggling story.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
A tense, well-made tale about excruciating experiences.
Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle  full review
A white-knuckle adventure that combines the suspense of great drama with the veracity of documentary.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News  full review
A truly moving tale about that strongest of human instincts: survival.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
British filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has blended elements of docudrama and documentary into a satisfying whole that will keep even the most stoic movie-goer gripping the armrest throughout.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
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  • Release Year: 2003
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Available From: Jul 16, 2012
  • Queued by: 307 people
Directed By
Kevin MacDonald
Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey