Thursday, 21 July 2011

Film Review - Alive

Release: 1993
Director: Frank Marshall
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano and Josh Hamilton

Based on a true story. A rugby team in the 70s are in a plane crash over the mountains of Brasil. When they realise help isn't coming, they have to find their own way out.

It's certainly not a happy Sunday afternoon sort of film, nor is it a pulse-racing thriller. When all the food is exhausted, they're faced with the difficult decision of eating the dead, or dying themselves.

It's a moving film, and very gripping. It was a long film, and every minute feels like it could be their last. It's an interesting study of human character and the will to survive, and despite the environment being the antagonist as it were, it displays the beauty of nature and the joy of life.

Definitely recommended


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