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Free Solo (2018)



Critic Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.

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From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

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This plays out with as much (or more) suspense than any conventional thriller as the cameras capture every step of Alex's ascent.

November 1, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Do you have vertigo? Get dizzy easily? No? Good. Then you're in for an amazing, exhilarating climb to the top.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The tensions inherent in Honnold's singular life are many. "Free Solo" gives you just enough of that life on terra firma to make the heights truly dazzling.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Honnold's incredible skill is part of what makes "Free Solo" great, but another part of the equation is Chin's daredevil photography.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

You don't have to be a fan of rock climbing to love Free Solo.

October 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Despite the gravity-defying cinematography and alpine setting, "Free Solo" transcends the climbing world and intimately examines something universal.

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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