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The Ascent (2010)

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Mountain guide, Emily Wilks, is forced to lead a group of men up the perilous Devil's Peak. But leading the group up Devil's Peak is just a stalling tactic until Emily reveals her own dark secret.


(as Steven James Creazzo)


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Emily Wilks is forced to return to Devil's Peak to rescue her friends Lewis and Brad. However, the rescue turns out to be an elaborate set-up to lure Emily back to Devil's Peak.

Director: S.J. Creazzo
Stars: Josie Davis, Courtney Gains, Martin Kove


Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emily
... Joel
... Lewis
... Andrew
... Paul
... Thomas Shaw
... Natalie (as Anne W. Griffin)
... Brad
... Terry
Natalie Salins ... Stacy
... Pete
... Bobby
Evan Hilliard ... Brad's Friend 2
Ross MacDonald ... Brad's Friend #1
Dean McCann ... Special Ops Commander


Mountain guide, Emily Wilks, is forced to lead a group of men up the perilous Devil's Peak. But leading the group up Devil's Peak is just a stalling tactic until Emily reveals her own dark secret.

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When the body is pushed beyond limits, rely on your heart to survive.


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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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At the behest of the film's writer / director S.J. Creazzo, "The Ascent" was being pushed to shoot in Alaska, June/July 2010. However, the executive producers pushed for Austin, TX in November/December 2009. In the end, the (Austin) locations worked adequately. But pick-ups were then required to open up the film a bit and give it more scale, as far as mountains and such - which would not have been needed if the production had waited and shot in Alaska. See more »


Written by Dzelila Derzic, Greg Miller, William Cooke & Donnielle R. Martin
Performed by Jahlila
Published by Immersion Media Group, Inc. & Best Inda Game
Courtesy of Immersion Records
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THE ASCENT is a well written, well directed, and well acted film.
28 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching THE ASCENT, a few weeks ago, and I really like this film.

***This short review is on the official director's version of THE ASCENT. Not the version that has aired overseas, which I have also seen. And oh boy, like watching two different films in some parts. The additions that were made are just strange, and very poorly done. And that's being kind.

Why I like (director's version) THE ASCENT? Story! This was a good story about a woman, a strong and tough woman, who goes on a sorrow-fueled revenge quest. And this, I do not remember ever seeing done before on screen. There's always some get outta jail free card where the woman, or man, cops out or changes their mind in the end, but not here.

Emily Wilks does some pretty bad things to get what she wants, and there is a cost, and there is a price to be paid.

I thought the cast was overall very good. I found the lead bad guy very creepy, and very desperate to get what he wants, making him very dangerous. No question I found a couple of the supporting characters a little thin, but this film was all on the shoulders of Josie Davis, playing Emily Wilks, and she was fantastic. It's her journey you're taken on. And where it goes you will not be able to guess.

The actor who played the part of Thomas (William Duffy) was so great. And I totally remember him for THE WEST WING. Also, it was so great seeing Martin Kove (THE KARATE KID) playing a real good guy, and not the baddies he usually plays.

In short, I found THE ASCENT a very well written, well directed, and well acted film... If you can find the director's version, check it out!

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