Meru – 7.5

Just when you thought you’d seen an amazing movie about three “professional climbers” (whatever they are) almost making it to the top of the previously unscaled Himalayan peak known as “Meru,” only to be foiled by bad weather, lack of food and frozen toes, you found out that – oh, no! – they’re going to try it again, despite having brain surgery and being caught in an avalanche in the interim. In the process, the concept of “acceptable risk” gets redefined. Fortunately for the viewer, the climbers were pleasant company on-screen, and we knew from the interviews they gave that they weren’t going to die; Jon Krakauer’s presence provided more perspective and credibility. Still, the wonder of how such a feat is accomplished runs close to the wonder of why, and the continuing wonder of, who is taking these pictures?

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