This documentary follows top climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk as they tackle the Shark's Fin, a treacherous 20,000 ft. near vertical point on Mount Meru in India. The ascent took much longer than they anticipated and the group was faced with challenging situations that included sub-zero temperatures, losing a large portion of their food and resting in sleeping bags that dangled precariously from the mountain. The group persevered and became the first team to reach the summit in October 2008. The film also contains an interview with John Krakauer, author of "INTO THIN AIR" and candid interviews with the climbers and their families.
"MERU offers some predictably stunning high-altitude imagery....Ultimately, MERU is a doc that aims to inspire pure awe..." - 08/12/2015 A.V. Club
"MERU works best, by far, in its 'You Are There' moments. You hear heavy breathing, the elements whip the tent, and it sounds like the world is ending." - 08/14/2015 RogerEbert.com
"MERU will open your eyes, and more than once. Not just visually, as you might expect from a documentary on the obsessive quest to be the first to climb the most impossible peak in the Himalayas, but psychologically as well." - 08/13/2015 Los Angeles Times
"Blindingly beautiful and meticulously assembled by the award-winning editor Bob Eisenhardt, MERU easily makes you forget that what you are watching is completely bananas." - 08/14/2015 New York Times
"[T]here is a lot of authentic climbing footage that oscillates between magnificent and intimate....There are climbers talking, raw and intense, about the tragedies theyve weathered on their way to accomplishing something no one else has." -- Grade: B - 08/13/2015 Entertainment Weekly
"This is a nomination-worthy piece of filmmaking, co-directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the latter one of the three men who used GoPro cameras to chronicle their attempts to scale Meru." - 09/02/2015 Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 5 -- "As a spectacle, it offers a vertiginous, first person view of events, but its equally immersive as candid psycho-drama of survival." - 02/08/2016 Empire