The story of Ed Stafford's 2 1/2 year journey to become the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River.
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British army veteran Ed Stafford (33) takes off enough time to walk the entire length of the mighty Amazon from its Andes springs to its Atlantic mouth. Although a seasoned veteran, his mate Lyle Collier soon gives up. Ed soldiers on, despite innumerable challenges from wildlife and people, including native tribes and drug cartel scum, even after his Indian guide Ozwaldo deserts in the Red Zone. After having serious health problems nursed in a jungle infirmary, he again stumbles on against reason, suffering a total of two and a half years. Written by KGF Vissers

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860 days in 96 minutes
29 October 2012 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I read about this expedition/adventure when it was on, but only now caught it on TV. Strange there's no reviews on this on IMDb.

When I looked at the TV timetable, I had to come online to make sure this was only two 45 minute episodes. It felt really short, considering most travel series have at least six episodes and this expedition covering two years and it really was this short. Then again, is this a travel show or a feature length documentary as it's stated here it's 96 minutes. It's also a bit difficult to criticize the short length considering the expedition itself was of course the main interest, not necessarily making a TV show from it. That's what I assume anyway.

In any case, the documentary feels as if it only scratches the surface. It's interesting, well paced - you want to keep watching, but still not that much really happens. What happens on screen seem somewhat random. Some scenes being a bit on the extreme side, like preparing/eating a monkey or digging a larvae out of ones scalp. On the other hand you don't really get to know who Ed Stafford even is, there's no background covered, nothing. Only quickly mentioned he's a former soldier.

There's very little shown how they put up a camp in the evening, how they stack up with supplies or food, did they never even have a flu. I mean there's so much that could happen during two years of Amazon expedition, but you only see very little.

I'm sure there was so much going on behind the scenes here, easily enough to fill a few more episodes. I came online afterwards to check some details (Staffords tooth appearing and disappearing for example), and came upon a few interesting clips on his video diary. I need to check them thru later, because quickly it looks as if all the interesting stuff is there, rather than in this documentary. May have to check the book too at some point.

What comes to Staffords charisma on screen, he's not really Michael Palin or any of the popular travel show hosts. He's OK and clear with this words, but he's not really a TV host. I'd say at times he even seems a bit on the loony side, but can't really blame him, it takes a certain character to do such a journey and the clips him talking are so short, you don't really get to know him during these 90 minutes.

In the end I feel this expedition should've had a better delivery on screen, considering it's really an amazing achievement. This documentary does not give it full credit.


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