100 Of My Personal Favorites
*no particular order
This is one of the most uplifting movies about the triumph of the human spirit that I can think of. It is a very simple conundrum; to live or die. Obviously we would all choose to live, but we get to see (in pretty gruesome detail) what Arin had to accomplish to make that choice. During his ordeal, Arin does some soul-searching. He can obviously see the faults of his ways now. If he wasn’t so impetuous, he might have told someone where he was going. Hindsight is 20/20. His ordeal is as improbable as they come, and is truly a freak accident. Arin is not a bad person. He does not deserve this fate even though he feels like he should call his parents more often. In fact his last action before becoming trapped is helping a couple lost hikers who get to live Arin’s adventurous life for a few hours.
Arin is someone that lives life to the fullest. He appreciates nature and wishes to explore it. As he traverses the caves, he rubs his hands along the eroded stones. You can tell he is in awe of nature. Nature is beautiful, but Arin gets to experience how cold and unforgiving it can be as well. The movie is a simple man versus nature tale involving one man’s efforts to preserve his life, to keep on living, no matter how trivial anyone may think his life so far has been. It is his life. What he will go through to get back to that life is as inspirational a tale as I have come across. It reminds me of Morgan Freeman’s expression in The Shawshank Redemption. Get busy livin’ or get busy dying. ” - tom_delonge_ava