THE RESCUE – Review by Diane Carson

Documentarians Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin chronicle the spellbinding, two-week plus, white-knuckle effort to maneuver underwater two kilometers from the cave entrance to the remote chamber where the boys are trapped, with more rain threatening. The best, most experienced British cave divers, Royal Thai Navy SEALS, US Special Forces, an Australian diver/doctor, an array of local support staff from the entire Thai community, and more contributors all come together to face this unprecedented challenge, meaning there was no blueprint for success. In fact, every detail argued against accomplishing their objective, cave diving known as among the most technical and dangerous of all elite athletic endeavors.

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THE RESCUE – Review by April Neale

What seems to most interest documentarians E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin is capturing human tenacity. Whether it was Alex Honnold in their Oscar-winning film, Free Solo, or The Rescue, their latest film that details the story of a group of unlikely heroes who banded together with strapping military forces from America, Australia, and beyond to help Thai Navy Seals strategize and rescue a boys’ soccer team

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FREE SOLO – Review by Susan Granger

What kind of person risks life and limb to climb the treacherous face of Yosemite National Park’s famous 3,200-foot granite wall, known as El Capitan, without a rope or any other safety equipment? Seemingly carefree daredevil Alex Honnold has completed more than 1,000 solitary climbs and is thought to be the world’s greatest surviving free-soloist.

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FREE SOLO – Review by Diane Carson

Free Solo is breathtaking and terrifying. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s documentary Free Solo profiles Alex Honnold, the climber who admits often considering free climbing El Capitan, Earth’s most impressive, 3200-foot granite wall. But, as Alex repeatedly said to himself, “That’s just too scary.” Nevertheless, he knew he had to attempt it, insane as the idea is because there is zero margin for error.

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