Watch: Meru 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing..
Plot: Meru is the electrifying story of three elite American climbers—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—bent on achieving the impossible.
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A Rousing Answer to the Question: Why do They Climb?
The inherent drama of men and mountains has spurred in recent years a glut of TV and film that has blossomed with the technological advancements of our time and the “look at me” attitude pervading society so that everyone with a Go-Pro can film their adventures for the world to see. From Youtube channels of independent climbers filming their routes to big money TV shows that bring the adventurers’ lives to our living rooms, the world of mountain climbing and adventure sports in general seems caught in contradictions. Always underlying the contradictions is the simple question of why? Do these individuals risk life and limb for their fame, for sponsors, for a TV deal or out of a unique personal desire and will that drives them into the wild.
The British climber George Mallory who died while attempting Everest back in the 1920s famously responded to the question of Why? with “because it is there”. For the next 100 years, many climbers have tried to give better answers, and in Meru, we have a compelling combination of narrative and visual imagery that may result in the best answer of all.
The narrative stands apart from other films and documentaries in that it is not completely linear and veers off course to give the viewers appropriate back stories to inject meaning and under currents to the climbers’ motivations. You get to know the climbers as people, and with that understanding, I think it becomes easier for anyone, including people who have never set foot on a snowy ledge, to understand why these people climb mountains.
The technical climbing is filmed by Jimmy Chin (both climber and film director) in a way that I have simply never seen before. As a climbing enthusiast, the shots of these guys on the walls of ice and rock are astounding, gut-wrenching and for me, completely inspiring. The organic relationship of the climbing team, their histories and ultimately their trials on the snow and rock of Meru expand on many common mountaineering themes – mentors, sponsors, risk analysis and contemplating death both yours and your friends.
Jon Krakauer is not my favorite voice in this world, but he is a voice that is adept at translating the mountaineering world to laymen, and his role in this film is served well. In the end, I strongly recommend this film for everyone. For those that can understand the motivation to be the first to stand atop a peak, you will not be disappointed. For those that can not understand the motivation, you might walk away finally getting it.
Riveting documentary will make your heart skip a beat or two
“Meru” (2015 release; 90 min.) brings the story of three guys attempting to peak the top of Meru, an ultra-difficult mountain in the Himalayas that is considered as possible the toughest climb in the world. As the movie opens, we see the three guys in a hanging cod on the side of the mountain, looking utterly exhausted. We then go “3 Years Earlier”, where we get to know Conrad Aker, fearless climber for whom “Meru is the culmination of everything I’ve wanted to accomplish as a climber (we later learn that he’s summited Everest a number of times, but failed to summit Meru in one previous attempt). We also get to know Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. Will they succeed and conquer Meru? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: first, I pretty much knew going in that I would like this documentary as I am a sucker for these types of “you gotta see it to believe it” type documentaries. This one may top them all. If you think Everst is hard, just wait until you see Meru’s Shark’s Fin towards the top of the mountain, a 4,000 ft climb straight up of solid rock. Second, Jimmy Chin decided to catch everything on camera, and hence is a co-director (along with his wife), co-editor and co-producer. The footage that we get to see is nothing short of jaw-dropping. At times, I felt dizzy just looking at the screen. Can you imagine what it must’ve been like to actually do the climb? But wait! there is more! Just as you think that the documentary is all about the quest for Meru, we get a couple of side stories that filled in the human aspects and as a result made the movie even that much more compelling to watch. Third, there are a number of talking heads giving further insights on what we are seeing, and by far the most interesting of them is Jon Krakauer, author of “Into Thin Air”. Last, there is some great music in the documentary, including from J. Ralph, Explosions In the Sky and others.
“Meru” recently opened at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati without any pre-release fanfare or advertising. I couldn’t wait to see it. The early evening week day screening where I saw this at was not attended very well, I am sorry to say. I love documentaries, and I love watching extreme sports (emphasis on watching, ha!). “Meru” is a riveting documentary that will make your heart skip a beat or two. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Genre Documentary, Sport
Director Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Actors Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin
Country United States, India
Awards 4 wins & 14 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Canon 5D Mark II, Panasonic HC-V, Red Epic
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format DCP